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CDN vs CNN

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Just_Kidney has 4 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Nephrology.

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I meet the requirements of both CDN (certified dialysis nurse) and CNN (certified nephrology nurse), except I have a question about the practice requirements of CNN. In addition to general dialysis/nephrology practice, it requires 750 hours of something other than outpatient hemo which is what I do primarily. However, I am a Clinical Nurse Manager and in that role, I supervise PD and home hemo nurses, despite having not done direct patient care in those areas. Does this qualify me for the CNN? Or should I stick with the CDN? Does one carry more weight than the other? (My ultimate goal is to move up the clinical educator/supervisor ladder to Clinical Services Specialist and beyond.)

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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I wonder this too. I don't have the hands on for acutes, PD or HHD. My boss says I have to have direct pt care for CNN, but I see nothing specific in the rules. I don't know that one outweighs the other specifically,  but CNN says you have the actual hands on direct pt care experience. I guess that answers it in a nutshell

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