Nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, and other renal allied health professionals all play an important part in delivering improved kidney health to every patient.

Founded by ISN nurses, the Kidney Health Professionals Working Group (KHP WG) is presently working to include more nurses and strengthen their role in the ISN community in order to contribute globally to nephrology nursing. The group is currently comprised of nurses and two nephrologists and will expand in the future to include other nephrology professionals.

The KHP WG’s current focus is on:

  • Partnering with regional nephrology nursing organizations
  • Promoting membership by using tools to assess learning needs in low-resource settings
  • Exploring how these learning needs can be best addressed on a global basis.

Get involved with the KHP WG and help ISN build more capacity for nurses in low-resource countries; email the KHP WG Coordinator at

Working Group members

The KHP WG currently consists of core members representing the various geographic regions within ISN: Paul Bennett (Chair; Australia), Gloria Ashuntantang (Cameroon), Stefaan Claus (Belgium), Valerie Luyckx (ISN Executive Committee; Switzerland), Henriette Nygård (Norway), Marie Richards (United Arab Emirates), Michele Trask (Canada), and Rachael Walker (New Zealand).

ISN headquarters: Jo-Ann Donner (KHP WG Coordinator; Canada)

kidney health professionals

The KHP WG members who attended WCN 2019 in Melbourne were joined by two other nurses for a group photo opportunity.
Back row (L-R): Reena George (India), Marie Richards (United Arab Emirates), Stefaan Claus (Belgium), Michele Trask (Canada), Gloria Ashuntantang (Cameroon), Rachael Walker (NewZealand), Henriette Nygård (Norway)
Front Row (L-R): Zuze Kawale (Malawi), Paul Bennett (Australia, Chair)


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