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 Executive Committee will meet once a year to set CAP goals and to conduct the Council's business. Executive Committee meetings are held during the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings 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: Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP
(704) 249-6465
Chair-Elect Becky Ness, PA-C, MPAS, FNKF
(507) 317-5925
Secretary Susan Brown, MS, ARNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN
(319) 768-4386
CE Co-Chair Lynne Gafford, FNP-BC, MSN, FNKF
(313) 585-8846
CE Co-Chair
Laurie Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, FNKF
(254) 624-9361
Public Policy Chair Lynn Poole, FNP-BC, CNN
(434) 529-6816
Publications Chair Jane Davis, DNP, CRNP, MSN
(205) 934-5944
Research Chair Peter Juergensen, PA-C
(203) 605-2013
Outreach Chair
Kim Zuber, PA-C
(301) 526-0309
Member-at-Large Kirsten Jensen, ANP-BC, AG-ACNP-BC
(303) 232-3366

Sydney the Kidney Project

Sydney Mailbox

Sydney the Kidney has been traveling around the U.S. to learn more about kidney disease and promote kidney health awareness. 

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.