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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
The Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) functions as a professional membership council within the framework of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in the development of health policies that impact the delivery of patient care and professional practice. CAP's mission is to serve as an advisory and resource for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), NPs and PAs and the community in advancing the care, treatment and education of patients with kidney disease and their families. CAP is an advocate for professional development, research and health policy for its members.
The council hopes to elevate the voices of PAs, NPs and CNSs in nephrology to better serve their patients, enhance their practices and educate themselves on innovations in research and patient care. CAP will represent PAs, NPs and CNSs in Nephrology on a national level while continuing to connect with the broader community.
CAP will work within the NKF to educate Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists with lectures and seminars at NKF meetings directed to the advanced practitioner. It will be a resource for any advanced practitioner looking for expertise in kidney-related problems. It will continue to recruit volunteers to join NKF initiatives, including national screening programs such as the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP).
The currently appointed CAP Executive Committee officers are comprised of:
The CAP National Membership will elect officers of the Executive Committee, starting in the fall of 2009. The Executive Committee will meet twice a year to set CAP goals and to conduct the Council's business. Executive Committee meetings are held during the NKF Spring Clinical Nephrology Meetings and in the fall each year. Executive Committee members also serve on various ad hoc committees to develop special projects and position papers to further the goals, priorities, and interests of CAP.
The Executive Committee members are listed below. Please feel free to contact them at any time to provide your ideas, volunteer for a special project or obtain additional information.
|CHAIR: Barbara Weis Malone, RN, MSN, CFNP
Ph: (303) 915-7156
|Tricia A. Howard, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Ph: (912) 210-0748
|Catherine Wells, DNP, ACNP-BC, CNN-NP
Ph: (601) 984-5670
|Amma Sewaah-Bonsu, DNP, NP-C
Ph: (407) 719-6887
|Kim Zuber, PA-C, MSPS
Ph: (703) 360-3100
|Lynn Poole, FNP-BC, CNN
Public Policy Chair
Ph: (703) 790-1383
|Jane Davis, DNP, CRNP, MSN
Ph: (205) 934-5944
|Peter H. Juergensen, PA-C
Ph: (203) 605-2013
|Connie Jo (CJ) Hemeyer, MSN, ARNP
Ph: (904) 705-0741
|Sean George, PA-C
Ph: (405) 921-8270
Professional Council Activities Director
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016-5337
Ph: (800) 622-9010 x174
Fax: (212) 689-9261
Sydney the Kidney has been traveling around the U.S. to learn more about kidney disease and promote kidney health awareness. You can follow Syd on his travels below. Just click on a location for more information.
If you want Syd to visit you, please contact his travel agent, CAP member Deb Hain at firstname.lastname@example.org Sydney brings kidney health information, a traveling journal and love.
SEE WHERE SYDNEY HAS VISITED!
Sydney is in Denver visiting Dr. Michael Wachs and Dr. Igal Kam, who are transplant surgeons. Sid learned that many patients feel that a successful kidney transplant provides a better quality of life because it allows greater freedom and often is associated with increased energy levels and a less restricted diet.
While in Denver, Sid went on a Kidney Walk to help raise funds for kidney research at the NKF Kidney Walk. With more research, Sid hopes to make kidney disease a thing of the past.
Syd also piloted his own plane and went to a Colorado Rockies baseball game!
Sydney went to Capitol Hill to discuss kidney disease and health reform with Congress. He wants to make sure that kidney donors can get health insurance and that kidney recipients can get immunosuppresive drugs.
Syd went to Senator Blanche Lincoln's office to inform her that she will be presented with the first-ever Council of Advanced Practitioners Nostradamus Award for her support of kidney patients.
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
Sydney visited Carolina Kidney Associates and learned about regular check-ups. The office displays an artist's rendering of the inside of the kidneys.
Sydney sees his physician assistant and nurse practitioner regularly to monitor his blood pressure and kidney function. He learns about his medications and takes them regularly.
Sydney reminds everyone that hand washing is important in preventing the spread of infection. And, when he is not able to wash his hands, Sydney helps prevent the spread of infection by using hand sanitizers.
Sydney is visiting Texas. He loves the food but has to be careful of the guacamole (too much potassium) and the beans (a lot of phosphorus) to maintain his sleek, curvy figure.