Nat’l SW Month

March is also National Social Work month.  We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities.  Among the many things social workers do are:

  • Help manage kidney disease
  • Help assure quality of life
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Help with education
  • Help assure satisfaction

Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

3/3 OPSC Patient Safety Forum

On March 3, 2017 in Portland OR, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission will present their Sixth Annual Oregon Patient Safety Forum, on Walking the Talk: Healing, Learning, and Safer Healthcare through Open Communication.  The Forum will include workshops for learning about and practicing how to deal with the similar emotions and challenges that patients/families and providers experience, how to choose what information to communicate to patients and their family, how to provide emotional support, and the value of transparency in medical communication.  Nursing CE credits will be available.  For details see https://oregonpatientsafety.org/news-events/events/oregon-patient-safety-forum/19/ .

Communication Mini-Course

The Heartland Kidney Network of Kansas City has added the fifth and last colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on Respect, joining the earlier pages on Active Listening, Body Language, Emotional Awareness, and Words Matter.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .

10/16 Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar

The Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar in Richland WA will be held October 16, 2016.  Topics include dialysis access, organ stunning, new technologies, empathy, and home dialysis.  Nine hours of CEUs will be available for RNs and PCTs.  See https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/MidCol16.pdf for details.

10/4 Spanish Resources; CE Webinars

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), CDC is highlighting the Spanish-language resources in their National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/communities/hispanic-latino-american/resources.html .

Also in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Kidney Fund will present Enfermedad de los riñones crónica: prevención y tratamiento (Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevention and Treatment), a webinar entirely and only in Spanish, on October 4, 2016.  For details see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

AKF also offers free recorded CE courses in their Cornerstones of Care series, on:

For the many other free AKF webinars, see https://akf.lms.ethosce.com/health-care-professionals/courses and http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

Communication Mini-Course

The Heartland Kidney Network of Kansas City has an excellent short course on communication on their website called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication, consisting of several colorful graphic one-page summaries of the essentials of different aspects of communication, that can be used as posters.  So far they’ve covered Active Listening, Body Language, Emotional Awareness, and Words Matter, and next month they’ll add Show Respect.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .