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 .

7/31 Free NKDEP Publications

Between now and July 31, 2016, selected NIDDK and NKDEP publications are available free in quantities up to 250 when shipped to US addresses, as NIDDK is reducing excess inventory.  Some examples:

  • Family Reunion Health Guide: Make Kidney Health a Family Reunion Affair
  • Is My Child At Risk for Kidney Disease?
  • ¿Mi hijo corre riesgo de tener la enfermedad de los riñones?
  • Chronic Kidney Disease and Diet: Assessment, Management, and Treatment
  • Consejos para personas con la enfermedad de los riñones
    • Cómo leer la Etiqueta de los Alimentos
    • Una dieta sana parala Salud de los Riñones
    • El Fósforo
    • El Potasio
    • El Sodio
    • Las Proteínas
  • Resultados de sus pruebas de los riñones
  • La Enfermedad de los Riñones ¿Qué significa para mí?

For the full list, see https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/bulkorder.cfm .  To order, click on the publication you want.

12/31 Stipend Deadline for Dietititans Conference 3/3-4/16 in Troutdale OR

The Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2016 Annual Conference near Portland March 3-4, 2016, hosted by the Oregon Council on Renal Nutrition.  Topics will include advance planning, nutrition assessment, appetite, acidosis, Fe-based PO4-binders, K/P transplants, marijuana, behavior change, inflammation, and diabetes.  For full details, including agenda, registration, accommodations, call for abstracts and posters, links to digital handouts, and stipend application (deadline December 31, 2015), see:

ANNA CExpress Online Short Courses

ANNA has introduced a new program of concise online nephrology education courses designed for non-nephrology nurses providing care to CKD patients, for nurses new to nephrology, and for experienced nurses wanting a quick refresher.  The courses are 30 minutes and $5 each, including CNE processing.  Courses include anemia management, CKD basics, patient assessment, hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, intradialytic parenteral nutrition, lab value analysis, peritoneal dialysis, self-care, drugs to avoid, transplant, vascular access, renal patient basics, and water and dialysate safety.  Find the courses at https://www.annanurse.org/article/cexpress .

ANNA Renal Update 2/19-20

The Puget Sound Chapter of ANNA will present its 2015 Renal Update conference on February 19-20, 2015.  There will be no onsite registration, and online registration must be completed by February 9th.  Topics will include Communication, PD, Water, Diet, Vitamin D, CKD, Ebola, Vascular Access, Brain Health, Pediatric Care, Transplant, and others.  Details, including agenda and registration instructions, can be found at https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/2015RenalUpdate.pdf.

Staff Education Anchorage Nov 20-21

The Alaska Kidney Patients Association will present a staff education conference in Anchorage on November 20-21, 2013 on “Empowerment through Knowledge: Renal Focused Professional Education.”  Continuing education contact hours will be offered for most health professions.  Topics will include healthcare reform, patient transitions, treatment options, patient engagement, anemia, hospitalization, communication, fluid control, adequacy, morbidity, bone disease, water treatment, and state surveys.  For details see http://ww.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Empower1113.pdf.

Free CKD Videos for Patients

The Medical Education Institute has announced a series of six free online video classes, called How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease, for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or those who want to learn more about it.  The classes are available at http://lifeoptions.org/goodfuture_patients/.  The non-profit MEI created and recorded the classes, while additionally offering the slides as a toolkit for professionals who want to give live classes.  Each video class is about 15 minutes long. Topics are:

  • Coming to Terms – What does it mean to you to have kidney disease?  How can you cope?
  • Kidneys & Kidney Disease – What do kidneys do, and what happens to you if they stop?
  • Slowing Kidney Disease – How can you keep your kidneys working as long as possible?
  • Kidney Transplant – What is a kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant, and how does it work?
  • Dialysis & Your Lifestyle – How can you choose a dialysis option that best fits your life?
  • Your Money & Your Life – What financial help is there if your kidneys fail?  What are your life goals?

“We created this series because we know that many patients don’t have access to information that can help them slow their kidney disease – or prepare for kidney failure by making choices that will allow them to live as fully as possible,” says MEI Executive Director Dori Schatell.  “Now, patients can learn how to live well with CKD 24 hours a day, at their convenience.  They can visit the classes in any order – but we do hope they’ll start with Coming to Terms because it’s so vital to stay positive and take an active role in kidney care.”

The new videos are an addition to the How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease toolkit that includes PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes, learning objectives, quizzes, and a “how-to” guide.  The series can be used for MIPPA CKD stage 4 education (or for any stage of CKD), one-on-one or in groups.  Download the free toolkit from http://lifeoptions.org/goodfuture/.  The files are large; please be patient.