President’s Message: Winter 2014

January, 2014

2014 is the 40th Anniversary of BONENT

That’s right, it has been 40 years since a group of dialysis nurses and technicians got together to form BONENT and offer the CHN and CHT exams. BONENT has been certifying the best dialysis professionals ever since.

We are planning a number of things to mark this anniversary.

  • A history of BONENT that is in the next issue to give credit to the founders and early Board Directors;
  • 40th Anniversary Booth at NANT and NKF Spring Clinical Meeting, both in Las Vegas;
  • Release of the new Spanish language CHT (via PPE and only in the U.S.) starting September 1, 2014;
  • Release of the new, long-awaited BIO-MED exam - Certified Hemodialysis Bio-Medical Technician (CHBT), starting September 1, 2014.

More CE Seminars in 2014

The Continuing Education Programs committee will again be presenting BONENT Regional Seminars in Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL and Houston TX in 2014. See the BONENT website for details including dates and location. They will be as excellent as everyone has come to expect from past seminars.

Consider Being One of Our Regional Representatives

We are looking for more Regional Representatives. We would like to have at least one in every state. We have revised the role of Regional Rep. In the past, there was a requirement to host exams. We still encourage hosting exams, but with popularity of the computer based testing option, it has become difficult get enough candidates to make exam sites worthwhile.

So, we are starting to use regional reps to get the word out about BONENT by attending local and regional meetings and visiting area dialysis centers and passing out BONENT information. If you are interested in becoming a Regional Rep, look at the Regional Representatives page to see where we currently have Reps. Then, contact the Co-Chairs Zelma Griffin at or Lyle Smith at

Save Money - Use the BONENT Member Benefits Program

I would like to encourage all BONENT members to look at the benefits program tab and take advantage of some of the deals the Executive Office has negotiated for you.

Members can save on:

  • Entertainment
  • Eldercare Services
  • Health
  • Pet Services
  • Relocation
  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • New Vehicles

As you can see, our 40th Anniversary year is going to be exciting!

Be sure to stop by and see us at NANT or NKF!

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