Council of Advanced Practitioners

Mission Statement

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.

Goals of the NKF-CAP

The goals of the Council of Advanced Practitioners are:

  1. To provide a diversified, advanced educational curriculum for the nephrology advanced practitioner.
  2. To support the growth of advanced practitioners coming to nephrology and those already in practice.
  3. To educate the public about this growing sector of the nephrology team.
  4. To advocate for health policies and legislation that support sound practice and good outcomes for kidney health professionals and patients.

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).

Council of Advanced Practitioners Executive Committee

The CAP Officers

The currently appointed CAP Executive Committee officers are comprised of:

  • Chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Publications Chair
  • CE Chair and and Co-Chair
  • Member-At-Large
  • Research Chair

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: Mandy Trolinger, MS, RD, PA-C
(303) 799-8760
Chair-Elect Della Connor, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
(936) 465-4066
Immediate Past Chair Catherine Wells, DNP, ACNP, CNN-NP, FNKF
(601) 984-5670
Secretary Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
(704) 249-6465
CE Co-Chair Darlene Dobkowski, PA-C
(201) 264-6100
CE Co-Chair Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, AGNP-BC
(954) 593-7759
Public Policy Chair Lynn Poole, FNP-BC, CNN
(703) 790-1383
Publications Chair Jane Davis, DNP, CRNP, MSN
(205) 934-5944
Research Chair Alexis Reed Chettiar, MSN, ACNP-BC
(510) 841-4525
Outreach Chair Denise Link, MS, PA-C
(214) 668-8080
Professional Membership Director
(800) 622-9010 x174

Sydney the Kidney Project

Sydney MailboxSydney 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 Sydney brings kidney health information, a traveling journal and love.