President’s Message: Fall 2013

Fall, 2013

Get Involved In our Seminars, History & Exam Question Writing

Our Best Seminar to Date!

Even though I was unable to attend after having ankle surgery, it sounds like the Northeast Regional Education Seminar in Newark on August 20th was the best one so far! The BONENT Vice President, Carol Johnson, Continuing Education Program Director, Lyle Smith and his CE committee (John Larsen, Connie Mears, Karie Records and Sonya Wynne) and Executive Director Peter Anas and his staff, did a wonderful job of making this event happen.

There was great attendance, great speakers and a great opportunity to network with other dialysis professionals and expand your horizons. I would also like to thank local BONENT members who distributed flyers throughout the New York City metro area, who helped at the registration desk and even stepped up to be speakers. They are Karen Evans, Kazim Naqvi, Armani Rashad, Diana Shelkov and Philip Varughese.

Watch for More Seminars in 2014

Following the great success of these events, BONENT is planning at least three Regional Education Seminars for 2014. The Board has not yet decided the dates and locations of these Seminars. We plan to set dates and locations in the next few months. The Continuing Education committee is always looking for new topics and speakers. Watch the BONENT website for updates.

If you have not been able to attend a BONENT Regional Education Seminar, they are the best 1-day seminars on what’s new in dialysis that you will find anywhere. If you have attended, I don’t need to tell you how good they are! So, watch the website and save the date for at least one of the 2014 BONENT Regional Education Seminars.

Preparing for our 40th Anniversary

As you probably know, 2014 is the 40th Anniversary of BONENT. That’s right, BONENT is the best and oldest organization certifying dialysis nurses and technicians in the world.

Help Us Document Our History

The organization was founded in 1974 by a group of the early pioneers in dialysis. We plan to put a little about the history of BONENT and honor the people that took the time to make this organization happen, on the website and in the newsletter during our anniversary year of 2014.

Anyone who has information about the founding of BONENT (interesting anecdotes, photos, key dates, etc.), please send them along to the Executive Office at

Tell Your Co-Workers:

Two New Exams Coming - Spanish CHT and BIO-Med
We should have 2 new exams ready for 2014. The CHT in Spanish is nearing completion. The long-awaited BIO-Med Exam will be ready later in 2014. Thank you to Dennis Schell and his committee who have been working hard and making great progress on this exam. In the next few months, the committee will need help writing exam questions. If you have time and are willing, contact Dennis at

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