1/30 Grief and Music

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will co-sponsor a free webinar titled The Transforming Power of Music, with Olivia Newton-John and Friends on January 30, 2017.  Loss and grief occur for many reasons — whether it’s caring for a seriously ill patient, or losing a loved one, a relationship, one’s health, a pet, or a job.  It’s important to remember that each person’s grief is as individual as his or her DNA – and there truly is no timeline for healing from loss.  With the fast-paced society we live in, we are often forced to “get over things.”  However, grief has its own clock.  For details and registration see https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001456673658620163 .

NKF PERC Education for Professionals

NKF offers a number of webinars under their Professional Education Resource Center or PERC, many of which offer free continuing education credits for multiple disciplines.  Some examples:

  • Social Work Collaboration for Transplant Patients
  • Evidence-Based Social Work
  • Anemia and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nephropathic Cystinosis 
  • Western Diets: Are We Killing Our Patients?
  • Ethical Issues When Family Interferes with Transplant
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Living Kidney Donations
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hepatitis C
  • Mineral and Bone Disorder
  • Water
  • Minorities, Transplant, and Home Dialysis
  • ESRD Core Survey
  • Polypharmacy
  • Albumin
  • Depression and Pain
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Lipid Management
  • Journal of Renal Nutrition articles

See http://education.kidney.org/courses for information and registration.

SC 11/16 CNSW Workshop

The CNSW Greater Los Angeles Chapter will present their Semi-Annual Workshop in Burbank November 16, 2016.  Topics will include PHQ & KDQOL surveys, Medi-Cal, and suicide.  Three CEUs will be available.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.LA.1116.FLYER.pdf , and register at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.LA.1116.Reg.pdf .

Kids and Disaster Recovery

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has prepared a web page for week 4 of National Preparedness Month covering special considerations for taking care of children during disasters, including some resources in Spanish.  Find the page at http://www.kcercoalition.com/Kids .

Another KCER web page emphasizes physical and emotional recovery after a disaster; see http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/patient-resources/after-an-emergency/ .  The Disaster Distress Helpline is at 800-985-5990, or you can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

The monthly KCER Watch newsletter covers current Emergency Preparedness topics; find it at http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/kcer-watch/ .

NW 9/14 ANNA Fall Workshop (Seattle, 9/24) Registration Deadline

ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter #503 will hold their 2016 Fall Workshop in Seattle WA on September 24, 2016.  However, in honor of Nephrology Nurses Week, you must pre-register by September 14, 2016.  Topics include hepatitis, adult learning principles, cannulation, holiday diet, difficult patients, and screening for depression.  For details and registration see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA.F2016.pdf .

Nephrology Nurses Week is September 11-17 this year.  For more information, a poster, an online toolkit, and suggestions for celebrating the occasion, see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nurses-week .

Free CE Courses

The American Kidney Fund offers a number of free NANT, NASW, and CDR continuing education credits on depression, self-care, relationship-building, and a number of other topics. See http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/online-cmece-opportunities/ for more information.

The NKF Professional Education Resource Center also presents free continuing-education courses, for most kidney-related health professions.  Just a few of these courses include prevention, hepatitis (see below), water, cultural sensitivity, pain management, hyperkalemia, and other mineral imbalances.  For more information see http://education.kidney.org/courses .

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, by the way; for more information see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6528a1.htm .

Empathy and Patient Care

We’ve added the May issue of Network 16 News, on “Empathy: A Prerequisite to Patient Centered Care,” to the Network 16 website.  Empathy is hard to define, yet research shows it to be the key to any healing relationship.  This News issue includes an excellent introduction to Empathy, and two great links to additional resources.  It also has reminders about the Portland Kidney Group and NKF’s Summer Kidney Wellness Fair & Picnic August 28, and the AAKP’s National Patient Meeting in Nashville September 23-25; click on “Patient Calendar” above for more information about these.  Find all of our Network 16 News issues at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .