Issue January 2022, 2021 Summary
Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,

The end of the year is always a time for summaries. First of all, it should be emphasized that although the struggle with the pandemic had a strong impact on the functioning of the entire world, it did not thwart EDTNA/ERCA activities in 2021. This year not one but two conferences were organized by our Volunteers: Spring Seminar, 23rd-24th April and the 49th International Conference, 4th-7th September. 

Due to the COVID situation, our conferences, as many other congresses, were forced to held in a virtual form, but despite the disappointment of not meeting face to face, they delivered strong scientific programs with lectures about new developments and tools in clinical practice, updates about clinical trials and researches. There were also virtual workshops. As an implementation of the green environment policy, we organized a step competition for September conference participants. The results exceeded our expectations. Congratulations to those who are taking small and big steps every day to protect the planet.

During the year, we also organized a number of thematic webinars, the recordings of which can be found on our website:

The success of EDTNA/ERCA conferences and webinars wouldn’t be possible without all speakers who contributed to making our events special and innovative, committed volunteers who worked so much backstage and in the frontline, and last but not least hard work of a GUARANT International team and the support of our Industry Partners. Thank you to all of you.

Our international conference as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience, but also as a source of ideas, has always been a very important activity and a must-see on a calendar. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am pleased to inform you that the work on the organization of our next conference is in full swing. The celebration of the 50th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference will be held in Rotterdam, September 10 – 13, 2022. Hope we will meet together in September. Abstracts submission is already opened. Don't hesitate to take an active part in this process and share your research, spread your knowledge and experience within the nephrology community. More information about abstract submission and the conference you can find on our website:

Please visit the EDTNA/ERCA website regularly, look out for our social media and help us to continue to build a strong Association that promotes education, community and excellence in nephrological care.

Finally, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year 2022! Let it be a year full of opportunities to celebrate every little joy together with your loved ones. May your personal and professional plans come true.

Looking forward to meeting you all face to face hopefully this year, I am sending you greetings from Poland!

With very best regards,

Anna Kliś
Newsletter Editor
EDTNA/ERCA Executive Committee Member

Changes in the EDTNA/ERCA Executive Committee
In 2021 there have been changes in the group of volunteers of our Association. The newly elected EDTNA/ERCA President – Ilaria de Barbieri, replaced the outgoing President – Edita Noruišienė. Edita has held this position since 2017 and will continue to work closely with the Executive Committee as a Co-opted Member and a Financial Coordinator. In the name of all members, we thank Edita for her great leadership and for guiding the Association in difficult and challenging times. We wish Ilaria a very successful Presidency with the supportive role of the EC.

Furthermore, Maria Arminda Tavares from Portugal was elected as a new EC member. Warmly welcome!
After many years of work with the EC Maria Cruz Casal decided to step down. We are grateful for years of her commitment as a volunteer and her successful work lately as the Publisher Coordinator and the Editor of the Newsletter.

The EC currently consists of 7 elected Members and one co-opted Member. Below you can find the names of Members and their responsibilities.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to all our Leaving Volunteers for their dedication and achievements:

Carlos  Gonçalves                                    Brand Ambassador, Portugal
Hanadi  Mezher                                       Int. Brand Ambassador, Lebanon
Lynn Brown                                              Int. Brand Ambassador, Australia/NZ
Jennie King                                               DOPPS  CRA Lead, UK
Welcome to new people who joined our Volunteers team:
Zoya Grimberg                                       Brand Ambassador, Israel
Maria Eulália Leite Da Mota Novais  Brand Ambassador, Portugal
Debbie Fortnum                                    Int. Brand Ambassador Australia/NZ
Rona Grieve                                            DOPPS CRA, UK
Sotiroula Gliki                                         PD Consultant
More information about EDTNA/ERCA Volunteers you can find on our website:

Interview with the new EDTNA/ERCA President
Dr. Ilaria de Barbieri works as a nurse at the Padova University Hospital, Italy, and she is in charge of the Continuous and Post-Basic Nursing Education at the Healthcare Professions Department. She has been an EDTNA/ERCA member since 2004, a member of the Executive Committee since 2016, Chair of the Scientific Board since 2020 and is currently EDTNA/ERCA President.

Dr. Ilaria de Barbieri
Dear Ilaria, Congratulations on your election as a President of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA), an international multidisciplinary organization engaged in care for patients with kidney diseases. Your Presidency begins at a difficult time when the global situation is very unsure and unstable. Are there any implications for the Association? Thank you Anna for this question. Definitely, times are tough, but we as healthcare professionals (HCPs) are used to facing challenges and it’s important to keep our attitude positive and move forward, doing our best. Despite the pandemic, EDTNA/ERCA never stopped, thanks to the Past President, the Executive Committee and all the volunteers. My intention is to continue with this track record and improve the nine long-term strategies we set up: Excellence, Experience, Commitment, Sustainability, Globalization, Collaboration, Digitalization, Communication, and Rationalization.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, one out of 10 adult people worldwide is affected, and the estimated figures for coming years are even worse. Can the activities of the Association improve the situation? This is one of the Association’s aims. In addition, we put into practice several of our projects, some of them in collaboration with our Industry Partners. Currently, EDTNA/ERCA is working on the Green Excellence in Dialysis Project, the Venus needle dislodgment Incident reporting application, The European Core Curriculum for Post-basic courses in Nephrology Nursing, Violence and Aggression in Renal Care. For 2022, we are planning some new projects such as the Haemodialysis Water Treatment-Guide for Renal Nurses, Peritoneal dialysis – a Guide to Achieve Nurse Proficiency, Paediatric Renal Replacement Modalities – a Guide for Nurses, just to cite some of them.

To make changes, common activities of many groups are necessary. Are you establishing cooperation with other associations? What role should EDTNA/ERCA play in the coming years?EDTNA/ERCA has always collaborated with the National and International Association of healthcare professionals, such as SEDEN, ANN UK, ANNA, ESPN, ERN for Pediatric Transplantation, CANNT, ESNO, ACIN, EKHA. More than ever in these times, we should be networking, changing experiences by discussing sometimes intensively, but always with the aim of enriching one another. EDTNA/ERCA in the incoming years should help the HCPs involved in kidney care to be continuously updated from a scientific point of view, and at the same time, inspire the kidney community.

Evidence-based care is an important aspect of the Association's activities. You, as an EDTNA/ERCA Executive Committee Member, are still involved in the work of the Scientific Board, which now together with EC is working hard on the program of the 50th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference. Could you please reveal some details? Next conference in September 2022 will take place in Rotterdam and we plan to have a physical conference. Hopefully, we will meet once again in person. The first concept of this conference is the celebration of all the members who volunteered in the past and still are volunteering in the EDTNA/ERCA: their contribution is fundamental and valuable. The second concept is to look forward to the future of kidney care, which will be the caring approach to people with chronic kidney disease. We invite some guest speakers who will bring you into the future!

Lots of ideas and plans. You are still a full-time nurse at the Padova University Hospital and a lecturer. Is it easy to reconcile private life, work and being a Volunteer of the EDTNA/ERCA? Definitely, it is not easy, but speaking as volunteers of EDTNA/ERCA, we are really passionate and motivated to give our contribution to the good status of the Association and its development.  The keyword is “teamwork” and in the Executive Committee, we are very supportive of each other.

Thank you very much for the interview. Good luck in your new position.
 Anna Kliś
We are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to a very special event, which is our 50th International Conference. The celebration of half a century of nephrology encounters will be held in Rotterdam, September 10 – 13, 2022. Do not miss the opportunity to take part in it and meet colleagues from other countries in order to exchange knowledge, skills and ideas.

More information at:
To present your research and work during the 50th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference in Rotterdam please submit your abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2022.

See more at

We are looking forward to seeing you in Rotterdam!
Current Impact Factor for Journal of Renal Care!

We are pleased to remind you, that the Impact Factor for Journal of Renal Care has increased and amounts to 1.294 according to the Journal Citation Report ranking from June 2021.
2020 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics):
  • 92/124 Nursing
  • 90/122 Nursing (Social Science)
  • 79/90 Urology & Nephrology.
According to Magnus Lindberg, the Editor of JORC, the most frequent article category published during the last three years was “Original research” using a quantitative approach (36 articles), followed by “Original research” with a qualitative approach (22 articles), “Review article” (9 articles), “Audit” (3 articles), “Quality improvement paper” (2 articles) and “Original research” applying a mixed-methods approach (2 articles).

Most of the published articles focused on various aspects of kidney failure (33 articles). Haemodialysis accounted for 20 of the articles, kidney transplantation for 10, and 8 articles dealt with aspects of peritoneal dialysis. Three of the articles concerned the well-being of renal healthcare professionals. One example of the latter in 2021, assessed the work environment of haemodialysis nurses in relation to burnout.

JORC now has published articles written by researchers from six continents: Europe, North America, Australia, Asia, Africa and South America. Published articles were predominantly from the United Kingdom (20 articles) followed by Australia (14 articles), and the USA (8 articles). Authors resident in Denmark contributed six articles during the period under review, while authors from Turkey wrote five articles and authors from Spain and Sweden contributed four articles per country. Norway, Italy, Portugal, China and The Netherlands had two articles per country. Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Iran, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Thailand contributed one article each. Seven articles had co-authorship countries.

The EDTNA/ERCA has taken a major step in following the association's Environmental Strategy. The JORC will no longer be distributed in the traditional way as hard copy on paper. Instead, you will find the journal online. The JORC continues to be a subscription-based journal with open access for EDTNA/ERCA members. This means that the journal will continue to have a limited number of pages to allocate to accepted manuscripts. However, with the Editorial Team, we encourage you all to continue to read, cite and submit your future work for publication in the digitalised JORC.

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