The Renal Support Network will sponsor their 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale CA on January 15, 2017. Many teenagers with kidney disease miss large amounts of school because of prolonged absences due to health. The prom, free to kidney disease patients between the ages of 14 and 24 and a companion, brings these young people together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. As one of last year’s attendees said, “Once you’ve been here at the prom, everyone is like family to you. This is my sixth year coming to the prom. I started when I was at a very low point in my life with medical issues and depression and this event really cheered me up. The other 364 days of the year, I’m a girl with an illness, but on this night I’m here to have fun and I’m actually myself.” For details, invitations, and opportunities to support the Prom, see http://www.rsnhope.org/renal-teen-prom/ .
ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will host the Renal Update 2017 conference in Lynnwood WA on March 2-3, 2017. Topics include htn, hospitalization reduction, medical marijuana, vascular access, peritonitis, poverty, living donation, pediatric PD and AKI, ethics, dialysis outcomes, Ca/PO4/PTH, and challenging personalities. There will be no on-site or mail-in registration, so registration must be completed online by 11:30 pm PST on February 23, 2017. There is a discount for registration completed before 11:30 pm PST January 20, 2017. For the full agenda and registration details, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2017RenalUpdate.pdf .
The NKF Professional Education Resource Center or PERC is offering a new online continuing-education course, and a new live webinar, for renal professionals:
- Navigating Health Insurance: How Public Options, Private Coverage and Charitable Assistance Can Work Together for ESRD Patients, webinar, January 17, 2017, CE credits for nurses/technicians, dietitians, social workers; more information and registration at http://education.kidney.org/content/navigating-health-insurance-how-public-options-private-coverage-and-charitable-assistance
- Ready..Set..Wait: The Time Between Listing and Transplant, online course on supporting patients through this passage, CE credits for social workers; more information and registration at http://education.kidney.org/content/ready%E2%80%A6set%E2%80%A6wait%E2%80%A6-time-between-listing-and-transplant
The December issue of Network 16 News, Northwest Renal Network’s newsletter for ESRD facilities, lists the services that Networks provide as a partner, resource, and asset for facilities. Find a copy at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .
The issue includes announcement of registration for the January 9, 2017 NWRN Network Council Call at http://www.yourconferencecenter.com/r.aspx?p=1&a=UsZwfoqVWpUKNr . Note that the code is UsZwfoqVWpUKNr, with a q (lower case Q) in the middle; some versions of the printed News had a g in the middle instead.
“The Question Corner” question in this edition is about patients who haven’t been seen for thirty days. “Hot Dates” include:
- NWRD Annual Conference, Seattle, March 2-3, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/nw-1231-nwrd-conference/
- NKF Seattle Kidney Walk, March 26, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/32617-kidney-walk-seattle/
- NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, Orlando FL, April 18-22, 2017, https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/113-nkf-spring-clinical-stipend-deadline/
The 2017 Northwest Renal Dietitians Annual Conference will be held in Seattle March 2-3, 2017. Rapidly-approaching deadlines for abstract and poster submission, scholarship application, and exhibitor registration are all December 31, 2016. For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ and http://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview .
The December issue of the Northwest Renal Network’s patient newsletter, Network Consumer News, focuses on the Patient Advisory Council or PAC, and includes stories about three of the seven current PAC members and their experience with Vocational Rehabilitation. We’ve mailed these to facilities for distribution, but you can get a copy on the Network 16 website. As usual, we also have a Spanish edition and a large-print edition. With this issue we’ve also included a flyer or poster encouraging committed and engaged patients and care partners to join the PAC. Find them all at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html . You can also find more information on the Network 16 PAC at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/patient-advisory-committee.html . In southern California, find information about the Network 18 PAC and other volunteer opportunities at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/patients/how-to-get-involved/ and http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/about/governance/ .
The Renal Support Network has added a KidneyTalk podcast on “Choosing Hospice.” Find it and previous KidneyTalk podcasts at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk-podcast/ .