HDC Post on Implicit Bias

MEI’s Home Dialysis Central blog has published a post on Combating Implicit Bias in Home Dialysis, summarizing research and tools on implicit bias, and how we might become more aware of our own implicit bias, which we all have. From the post:

“Our human tendency is to treat people outside of our own in-group(s) as ‘other,’ and therein lie our interpersonal and intergroup challenges. In the early days of humans, ‘others’ may well have been rivals for food or territory, but today many of us live close together in enormous population clusters. Some of our most urgent existential threats are only likely to be successfully addressed by collaboration, not competition. We need to learn new ways to work together, perhaps even to survive as a species. And, in healthcare particularly, we need to rid ourselves of biases that could harm patients.”

In one example from research, dialysis staff responded to cardiac arrest with CPR for 91% of white patients but only 85% of black patients and 77% of Asian patients. In another, home dialysis was offered more often to white patients than to others. Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/399-combatting-implicit-bias-in-home-dialysis.

New COVID-19 Resources: Telehealth, Patient Safety

We’ve added several new COVID-19 resources to our collection, two for providers on Telehealth and a cartoon to explain what’s going on to patients who’ve been out of the loop about the Coronavirus:

9/8+ Nephrology Nurses Week

September 8-14, 2019 is Nephrology Nurses Week.  Find celebratory tools and podcasts on ANNA’s website at https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nurses-week.  The Renal Support Network has also produced a KidneyTalk podcast in honor of nephrology nurses; find it at http://archive.feedblitz.com/46606/~6650967/29747385/2b0d551092a237e80e837c62e5eff50d.

NW16 3/13 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will present a March 13, 2019 Workshop in Portland on Ethics: It’s All about You.  Topics will include medical ethics and professional values, racial disparities, healthcare access, and advocacy.  Six CEUs are pending.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW.ORWAMar2019Ethics.pdf.

1/31+ OPSC Workshop on Patient Safety, Portland

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission will present a half-day March 15, 2019 workshop on Nurturing a Culture of Psychological Safety in Healthcare Organizations with an emphasis on professionalism.  CME credits will be available.  Early registration expires January 31, 2019.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-oregon-patient-safety-event-registration-53026084446.

NW16 3/13 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will present a March 13, 2019 Workshop in Portland on Ethics: It’s All about You.  Topics will include medical ethics and professional values, racial disparities, healthcare access, and advocacy.  Six CEUs are pending.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW.ORWAMar2019Ethics.pdf.

3/8 Mindfulness & Patient Safety WIHI

IHI will present a March 8, 2018 “WIHI” on Mindfulness and Patient Safety.  When we’re “mindful” we’re paying attention to what’s happening in the Present Moment instead of reviewing the past or planning the future.  Mindfulness is also a powerful stress reduction and self-care technique.  Find more information, sample exercises, and relevant links, and register, at http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/mindfulness-and-patient-safety/Pages/default.aspx.  Find ten introductory exercises at http://www.ihi.org/communities/blogs/10-mindfulness-exercises-for-the-health-care-workplace.

4/28 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold a day-long Workshop on Ethical Issues in Dialysis and Transplantation April 28, 2017 in Portland OR.  Find details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW0417.pdf and maps and driving directions to the Workshop at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSWMap.pdf .

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.

11/11 Liability ANNA Education Day

The ANNA Big Sky Chapter will hold their annual Education Day November 11, 2016 in Helena MT on the theme “But Your Honor…” Liability Issues for Nurses.  Sessions, presented by nationally-known speakers, include malpractice, critical thinking, professional distance, and documentation issues.  Six and a half CNEs are offered.  They will attempt to coordinate with other ANNA chapters to live-broadcast the conference to your location.  Find: