3RNet Rural Jobs Network

3RNet, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects health care facilities in rural or underserved areas and health professionals looking for work.  They have representatives or “members” in all fifty states, the Mariana Islands, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Service.   Find these representatives, and full details about the organization for both facilities and professionals, at https://www.3rnet.org/.  The web pages specific to Networks 16 and 18 states are:

The Office of Rural Health at the Washington Department of Health is subsidizing the 2020 series of introductory 3RNet Academy courses so Washington healthcare facilities can attend for no charge:

  • October 6, 2020 – Recruiting for Retention: Using Candidate Motivations to Strategically Market
  • October 20, 2020 – Combating Isolation in Rural and Underserved Recruiting
  • November 3, 2020 – Compensation Trends for Providers: Balancing Financial and Lifestyle Needs
  • November 17, 2020 – Avoiding Burnout through a Managed Scope of Practice
  • December 1, 2020 – Recruiting for Team Based Care in Rural and Underserved Communities
  • December 15, 2020 – Building Support for Your Recruitment Efforts at the Local Level

Find more information about the 3RNet Academy and courses at https://academy/3rnet.org/why-attend.html and https://academy.3rnet.org/agenda.html.  Register at https://academy/3rnet.org/register.html using coupon code 2021WA at checkout.  The webinars will be recorded, so registrants can watch them on their own schedule.  For questions about 3RNet: info@3rnet.org or 800-787-2512.  For questions about the Washington program: Faith Johnson at faith.johnson@doh.wa.gov or 360-236-2815.

8/20+ Webinar on Emotional Balance

Quality Insights (ESRD Network 5), the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients, and the Medical Technology & Practice Patterns Institute will present a free August 20, 2020 webinar, repeating it August 26, on Maintaining Emotional Balance in an Unbalancing Time.  The webinar will discuss how providers can respond to dialysis patients and their families when they encounter hard questions and emotional distress about COVID-19, including strategies for responding to anxiety and fear, the dialysis facility as a source of stability, and ways to honor the memory of patients who have passed.  Free CE credits will be available.  Register for the August 20 session at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSCKP8202020 or the August 26 session at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSCKP08262020.  See below for details:

COVID-19 Compassion Fatigue Webinar Recording

The June 22, 2020 IPRO Quality Innovation Network (ESRD Networks 1,2,6,9) webinar on COVID-19 and Compassion Fatigue (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/category/facility-staff/burn-out/) was recorded, and is now available.  Find a recording of the webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAR5M1_HZ_U, and a PDF of the slides at https://network2.esrd.ipro.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/06/COVID-19-and-Compassion-Fatigue.pdf.

7/21+ NCC Weekly COVID-19 Webinars

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will present two COVID-19 “Quickinars” this week:

  • July 21, 2020 for patients on COVID-19 Information Overload?  Tips for Keeping Your Head Above Water.
  • July 22 for providers on Making Kidney Transplantation Possible During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Both half-hour sessions begin at 2pm PDT.  Find more information and register at https://esrdncc.org/en/covid-19/covid-quickinars/.

7/14+ NCC Weekly COVID-19 Webinars

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will present two COVID-19 “Quickinars” this week:

  • July 14, 2020 for patients on Dialysis Access Care During COVID-19.
  • July 15 for providers on Caring for the Mind, Body, and Spirit During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Both half-hour sessions are at 2pm PDT.  Find more information and register at https://esrdncc.org/en/covid-19/covid-quickinars/.

Summer Provider Newsletters

Network Provider Newsletters for Summer 2020 have been published.  They include articles on:

  • Network Support for COVID-19.
  • The ESRD QIP.
  • New QIP website interface.
  • Staff Burnout.
  • Patient Psychosocial Needs.
  • NCC “Web Hub” for Patients (Network 16 only).
  • Seeking Volunteers for Spanish-Speaking PAC (Network 18 only).
  • Data Currency in CROWNWeb.
  • Links to Network Patient Newsletters.
  • Patient Emergency Preparedness.
  • Interruptions in Service.
  • KCER Newsletter.
  • Staff Changes.
  • Link to Events Calendar (Network 18 only).
  • Network email Updates.

Find them at:

6/22 Webinar on COVID-19 & Compassion Fatigue

The IPRO Quality Innovation Network (Networks 1, 2, 6, and 9) will present a July 22, 2020 webinar on COVID-19 and Compassion Fatigue.  For an introduction to Compassion Fatigue, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7keppA8XRas&feature=youtu.be.  For more information on the webinar, see below.  Register for the webinar at this link.

Network Guidance on COVID-19 Stress for Staff

Networks 16 and 18 have assembled a web page on Healthcare Workers – Coping with Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the Dialysis Setting.  In addition to guidance for maintaining your own health in situations of extreme stress, it includes links to the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (in English, Spanish, and 14 other languages) and their document on Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infectious Disease OutbreakFind the Network web page at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/wp-content/uploads/20200313-Coping-with-ID-Outbreaks.pdf.  While it’s aimed at facility staff, patients will also find it useful for managing their own stress.

2/18+ Pediatric Palliative Care Webinars

The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition has announced their 2020 webinar program, with presentations on:

  • February 18, 2020 – Burnout! Can Compassion Fatigue?
  • March 12, 2020 – Spirituality in Children and Families Facing Serious Illness
  • April 21, 2020 – Together in the Sandbox: Palliative Care and Complex Care Partnerships in the Medical Neighborhood
  • May 21, 2020 – Guiding Families to Mindfulness Supports Decision Making for Adults & Children
  • June 16, 2020 – Ethical Questions in Pediatric Palliative Care
  • July 21, 2020 – Beyond Fairytale Endings: Using Storybooks and other therapeutic tools to Explain Death and Dying to Children
  • August 20, 2020 – Pediatric Concurrent Care
  • September 22, 2020 – Explaining Pain: Pain Education and Mind-Body Tools for Pediatric Chronic Pain
  • October 22, 2020 – Through the Eyes of a Grieving Child
  • November 17, 2020 – Partnering with Funeral Professionals to Support Families Following the Death of A Child

For details and registration, see https://mailchi.mp/jacobsheart/ppc-webinar-jan-2020?mc_cid=53dd803107&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

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.