President’s Message: Winter 2018

January, 2018

Constant Growth for BONENT Over the Years

Well, another busy year for BONENT is done and another busy year is about to begin. 2017 was BONENT’s 43rd year of operation and probably our most productive!

We Will Miss Sue Critchfield

In 2017, BONENT lost an important member and a former Board Director. We were all shocked and saddened by the passing of Sue Critchfield from complication of heart surgery. Sue was a great supporter of BONENT and dialysis patient care technicians in California. In addition to being a BONENT Board Director, Sue was a BONENT Regional Representative, both before and after serving on the Board and one of our busiest exam proctors over the years. Sue will be greatly missed.

Welcome to our New Director

On a brighter note, BONENT has elected a new Board Director who replaces long time Vice President, Carol Johnson. I would like to welcome Kay Gardner CHN to the BONENT Board. Kay brings a huge amount of experience to the Board. She is presently living and working in Florida. She is currently the Director of Clinical Services for DaVita, overseeing 53 in-center hemodialysis centers and 14 home dialysis centers in Florida.

CHT Exam Applicant Experience Changes to 6 Months

At the November Board meeting, after serious consideration, the BONENT Board of Directors decided to change the minimum work experience required from 12 to 6 months to take the CHT exam. Effective March 1, 2018, candidates will only need 6 months dialysis patient care experience to take the CHT exam (this include LPN/LVNs).

Plan to Attend a BONENT Regional Seminar in 2018

In 2017, BONENT Regional Seminars had a growth of 12% over 2016, having now completed its 17th seminar over the last 6 years. There will be 3 BONENT Regional Seminars in 2018. They will be at:

  • San Jose CA area, April 22, 2018
  • Chicago, June 10, 2018
  • NY/NJ, August 19, 2018

Watch the BONENT website for details as they are posted. These are always great opportunities to improve your skills and expand your network of colleagues.

Improved Media for BONENT

Finally, soon after the first of the year, BONENT will have a redesigned website. It will be far better for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Also, visit BONENT on and like us on Facebook.

Click here to read previous Letters from the President.