The NKF Professional Education Resource Center offers three new free online CE courses for social workers:
On January 31, 2017 – today at noon PST – CDC will present a free webinar on Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility – Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ESRD. Continuing education credits are offered for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Medical Residents, and Administrators. For details and registration see https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=7b0uqq23948m&campaign=851vmjosfol8 .
On January 31, 2017, CDC will present a webinar on Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility – Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ESRD. For details and registration see https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=7b0uqq23948m&campaign=851vmjosfol8 .
The Renal Support Network will sponsor their 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale CA on January 15, 2017. Many teenagers with kidney disease miss large amounts of school because of prolonged absences due to health. The prom, free to kidney disease patients between the ages of 14 and 24 and a companion, brings these young people together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. As one of last year’s attendees said, “Once you’ve been here at the prom, everyone is like family to you. This is my sixth year coming to the prom. I started when I was at a very low point in my life with medical issues and depression and this event really cheered me up. The other 364 days of the year, I’m a girl with an illness, but on this night I’m here to have fun and I’m actually myself.” For details, invitations, and opportunities to support the Prom, see http://www.rsnhope.org/renal-teen-prom/ .
ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will host the Renal Update 2017 conference in Lynnwood WA on March 2-3, 2017. Topics include htn, hospitalization reduction, medical marijuana, vascular access, peritonitis, poverty, living donation, pediatric PD and AKI, ethics, dialysis outcomes, Ca/PO4/PTH, and challenging personalities. There will be no on-site or mail-in registration, so registration must be completed online by 11:30 pm PST on February 23, 2017. There is a discount for registration completed before 11:30 pm PST January 20, 2017. For the full agenda and registration details, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2017RenalUpdate.pdf .
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/ .