About us in the Turkey

Welcome to us at EDTNA/ERCA in Türkiye. My name is Eylem TOPBAŞ, and I am a proud Brand Ambassador.

I am proud to have served kidney patients as a peritoneal dialysis nurse for many years. I work as an Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine Nursing at Amasya University Faculty of Health Sciences.

I am also proud to be one of the first master's students to graduate from the Department of Simulation in Health Sciences, which was established for the first time at Hacettepe University in Turkey. My goal is to contribute to developing patients and nurses through innovative teaching techniques.

In Turkey, I am ready to be the voice of the EDTNA association and to fulfill my duties to improve patient care quality and enhance educational standards.

I invite all of you to join me in this process, where we will inspire each other in developing professional nursing services.
  • Coming together is a beginning,
  • Staying together is progress,
  • Working together is a success.
Let's all work together on this sweet and developmental journey.

“I extend my warmest regards to everyone.”

For more information please contact Eylem TOPBAŞ, RN, BSN, PhD, Brand Ambassador Turkey.
World Kidney Day in Turkey
14. 3. 2024
Hello from Turkey!

As part of World Kidney Day, celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, a panel titled “National and International Action Plans for Kidney Health and Prevention of Kidney Diseases” was organized by Assoc. Prof. Eylem Topbaş at Amasya University Sabuncuoğlu Şerefeddin Training and Research Hospital. Following the panel, a message was shared with the participants in the hospital garden featuring the logos of EDTNA/ERCA and the Turkish Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation Association, aiming to draw the attention of individuals seeking care for kidney health.
  1. Prevent diabetes
  2. Manage blood pressure
  3. Prevent obesity
  4. Avoid unnecessary use of medications
  5. Be cautious with the herbal products
  6. Limit salt intake
  7. Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  8. Stay hydrated
  9. Protect the environment
  10. Facilitate access clean water and healthcare
The panel, which was listened to with great interest by all participants, was followed by creating a kidney figure with healthcare professionals in the hospital garden, where messages promoting kidney health were shared. “Happy World Kidney Day” to all.
“On World Kidney Day, another activity we conducted with the Turkish Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation Nurses Association was the release of a joint video featuring nurses from various cities in Turkey (Antalya, Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Malatya, Çorum, Amasya, Ankara) to raise awareness about kidney health.

In this video, the President of the Turkish Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation Nurses Association, Tülay Aksoy, delivered her message “World Kidney Day is a day aimed at raising awareness about kidney health and diseases, celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March. In this context, the theme for the year 2024 has been determined as “Fair access to care and correct medication use.” As members of the Turkish Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation Nurses Association, we say to protect your kidney health: Eat healthily and avoid obesity."

Other nurses then conveyed their messages sequentially;
  1. Eat healthily and avoid obesity.
  2. Drink an adequate amount of water.
  3. Reduce salt intake.
  4. Stay away from smoking and alcohol.
  5. Exercise regularly.
  6. Consult your family doctor to assess your risk.
  7. If you have known hypertension and diabetes, get regular check-ups
At the end of the video, the message “use your medications as recommended by your doctor and avoid unnecessary medication” took place as my message as the Turkey Brand Ambassador for the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA).

Subject of education: Nutrition in chronic kidney diseases.

Target group of education: Patients with kidney problems receiving treatment in the Nephrology Service of the university hospital. .

Purpose of education: Information about how nutrition should be in patients with chronic kidney failure..

Date: 14 December 2022.

Educational content:
  • What is chronic kidney failure?
  • Why is it necessary to comply with diet and fluid restriction in kidney diseases?
  • What should be the diet content in chronic kidney failure.
  • How should fluid intake be in chronic renal failure?
Educators: Tuba TEKİN (Nutrition and Dietetic Specialist), Esra BAŞER AKIN (Nurse, PhD)

Place of training: Sivas Cumhuriyet University Training and Practice Hospital Nephrology Clinic

Number of people attending the training: 35 dialysis patients

Speaker: Mukadder Mollaoğlu ( PhD, Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Health Sciences Faculty, Nursing Department, Sivas, Turkey).
Target Group: Sivas Cumhuriyet University Nursing Students
Date: June, 01, 2022
Time: 14.00

Training Goals
Student nurses,
  • to know the functions and functions of an international professional association, EDTNA-ERCA,
  • to be able to benefit from the website of -EDTNA-ERCA,
  • to be able to use the publications of -EDTNA-ERCA,
  • to improve the attitude of becoming a member after graduation
For these purposes, subjects were discussed under the following headings.
  • EDTNA-ERCA's purpose, functions,
  • ERCA-EDTNA broadcasts web site, conferences,
  • How to become a member of the ERTNA-ERCA?
  • EDTNA-ERCA membership requirement and benefits
Teaching method/Materials
  • Lecturing,
  • Question- answer,
  • Introducing the EDTNA-ERCA with the brochure,
  • Website of EDTNA-ERCA
EDTNA/ERCA STAND (International Nurses Day, May 12 2019)
EDTNA/ERCA ACTIVITY - Symptom Management in Hemodialysis Patients
Speaker: Mukadder Mollaoğlu (PhD, Cumhuriyet University, HealthSciencesFaculty, NursingDepartment, Sivas, Turkey)