Nephrology Essentials

This overview of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is an educational tool developed for Advanced Practitioners who are new to nephrology. The goal of this program is to provide the Advanced Practitioner a foundation for care and management of adult Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients.

Upon completion of this program the Advanced Practitioner will be able to:

  • Recognize and diagnose CKD
  • Distinguish among methods for assessment of CKD progression
  • Identify strategies to reduce CKD progression in diabetes and hypertension
  • Identify management strategies for CKD complications
  • Summarize patient preparation for renal replacement options

Please note: All information contained within is current as of March 2010.
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Module Listing

Nephrology Essentials

Defining and Staging CKD
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Evaluating CKD Progression
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CKD Management, Part One:
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  • Prevention and treatment of complications
    • Anemia
    • Hyperkalemia
    • Metabolic Acidosis
    • Mineral & Bone Disorder

CKD Management, Part Two:
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  • Immunizations
  • Prescribing considerations
  • Preparation for renal replacement options
  • Renal transplant evaluation
  • Initiation of dialysis

Case Studies and References
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The National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practitioners would like to thank Lisa Farris, DNP, CRNP, for developing this program and gifting it as a resource for NKF-CAP members. This educational program for advanced practitioners is an enduring legacy of her love of teaching and the kidney patients she serves.