GILLETTE, WY – Campbell County Memorial Hospital
Dialysis Center employees Misty Griffitts-Tompsett and Kristina Miller recently earned
their certification as Clinical Hemodialysis Technicians (CCHT) from the
Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC).
A CCHT has been legally certified as a Hemodialysis Technician in the field
of Nephrology—the branch of medicine that deals with the kidneys.
Kristina and Misty are one of four NNCC certified staff at the Dialysis
Center, giving them the ability to provide the best care for dialysis
patients. Kristina, who is also a certified Phlebotomist—a person
who draws blood for analysis—has worked for CCH since August 2015.
Misty, also a certified Phlebotomist, has worked for CCH since July 2014,
and been in dialysis for a total of four years.
NNCC certification contributes to better patient care in the Dialysis Center.
For those who suffer from end stage renal disease, kidney dialysis makes
the difference between life and death. CCH’s dialysis technicians
perform a number of roles related to the dialysis treatment—from
monitoring and maintaining equipment to providing primary care to the
patient undergoing hemodialysis. With certification, CCH staff are able
to meet the needs of our patients with knowledge, skills and a commitment
The NNCC certification program provides participants with quality nephrology
standards and practices through training and clinical experience. In order
to earn the CCHT 12 months of experience and/or taking a class is required,
as is an exam. The exam evaluates four areas of learning in hemodialysis
technology: Clinical, Technical, Environmental, and Role. Tests take three
hours and contain 150 questions. Certification is valid for three years;
recertification may be met by continuing education hours and clinical
experience, or by an exam.