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:
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:
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 Outbreak. Find 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.
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.