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 .