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:
On March 3, 2017 in Portland OR, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission will present their Sixth Annual Oregon Patient Safety Forum, onWalking 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/ .
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 .
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:
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 .