11/3 CNSW NW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of CNSW will hold their Fall 2017 Educational Conference on November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The all-day topic is Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  5.25 CEUs are pending.  For full details and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N2/CNSW1117.pdf .

**9/5** ANNA NW16 Workshop

Registration ends this evening, September 5, 2017 at 11:30pm, for the Seattle ANNA Fall Dialysis Workshop, to be held on September 9, 2017.  Sessions include Volume Management, Cardiac Stunning, “Fluid, Oxygen & UF, Oh My!”, Culture of Safety, AKI, and Salt.  For more information and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA0917.pdf .

7/31 Jenny Kitsen Award

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds an annual lecture or presentation that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management.  The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen.  Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions.  AAKP is now accepting applications for the next grant cycle.  The deadline for grant applications for the 2018 calendar year is July 31, 2017.  For details about application and past awardees, see http://aakp.org/jenny-kitsen-safety-award/ .

5/11+ CNSW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders.  Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered.  May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.

Find the Conference brochure and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0517.pdf .  Registration must be postmarked by April 28, 2017, and early registration is recommended because of space limitations.  Payments postmarked prior to April 20, 2017 will be eligible for a prize.

Saving Patients’ Lifelines

Along with February’s Network 16 News, we’ve distributed copies of an ESRD NCC Fistula First tool called It only takes a minute to save your lifeline.  It’s intended for facilities to add their contact information and give to patients, as instructions for them to use to monitor their vascular access.  Find an online copy of the tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TakesAMinute.pdf .  We’ve linked to the tool from the NWRN website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/vastf/stfprotect.html .  You can find more vascular-access-protection resources at 
http://fistulafirst.esrdncc.org/professionals/lifeline-for-a-lifetime/ .

2/9 IHI Prevent Emotional Harm

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement will present a free audio program February 9, 2017 on Practicing Respect and Preventing Emotional Harm.  For details see http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/2017-February-Practicing-Respect-and-Preventing-Emotional-Harm/Pages/default.aspx .  Register at http://app.ihi.org/events/SelectAttendee.aspx?New=1&EventId=2947 .