10/14 Technician/Technologist Appreciation Week

The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists has announced that National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week for NCTs and NBTs will span October 14-19, 2019.  While pointing out that recognition should be an ongoing part of anyone’s employment, the NANT announcement includes many suggestions for giving your hard-working “Techs” special recognition during “their” week.  Find the announcement at http://www.dialysistech.net/national-recognition-week-for-hemodialysis-technicians.

5/8-12 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, Boston

The National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM19) present a unique opportunity for renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology.  An important objective of SCM19 is to present the latest insights into CKD care through a combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates.  SCM19 will be held May 8-12, 2019 in Boston MA.  In-person registration is allowed, but many registration fees are discounted if you register online before May 6.

Extra-cost pre-conference course topics on May 8 include dialysis success, vascular access, ultrasound, supportive care, and updates on new developments in transplant, critical care, and glomerular disease.  Topics for extra-cost lunch workshops during the conference will include vascular access, electrolytes, hyponatremia, glomerular disease, reproductive health, hypertension, communication, and board review.  For those unable to attend in person, live-streamed conference sessions will be available on burnout, obesity, safety, fluid management, opioids, social media, diabetes, community, lifestyle interventions, palliative care, and KDOQI update.

For more information and registration, see https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical.

NW16 5/16+ CNSW Educational Conference

The CNSW Northwest Chapter will hold their Spring 2019 Educational Conference in Issaquah WA May 16-17, 2019.  Topics include self care, low mood, depression, rage, despair, suicide, and involuntary discharge.  Find Conference details and registration by check at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW0519.Brochure.pdf, and registration by credit card at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW0519.Register.pdf.  Registration must be postmarked by May 10, 2019.

3/8 Mindfulness & Patient Safety WIHI

IHI will present a March 8, 2018 “WIHI” on Mindfulness and Patient Safety.  When we’re “mindful” we’re paying attention to what’s happening in the Present Moment instead of reviewing the past or planning the future.  Mindfulness is also a powerful stress reduction and self-care technique.  Find more information, sample exercises, and relevant links, and register, at http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/mindfulness-and-patient-safety/Pages/default.aspx.  Find ten introductory exercises at http://www.ihi.org/communities/blogs/10-mindfulness-exercises-for-the-health-care-workplace.

10/22 NW18 ANNA/NANT Renal Update

ANNA, NANT, and NKF will collaborate to present an October 22, 2017 Annual Renal Update 2017 in Irvine CA.  Sessions will include Interventional Radiology and the HD Access, Preventing & Reporting BSI, From Battling Burnout to Finding Joy, Understanding Technology, Friendly Renal Meals, Transplantation, and Outpatient AKI.  Register by October 12, 2017.  Breakfast and lunch are included in the conference fee, and seven contact hours will be given.  For full details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/18RenalUpdate1017.pdf .

5/6+ Nat’l Nurses Week

National Nurses Day is May 6, 2017, and National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2017.  ANA (with one N) has declared 2017 to be The Year of the Healthy Nurse. In keeping with this focus on improving the health of our nation’s nurses, the theme for National Nurses Week 2017 is Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.  For more information see https://www.annanurse.org/article/nurses-week .