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:

10/4 Spanish Resources; CE Webinars

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), CDC is highlighting the Spanish-language resources in their National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/communities/hispanic-latino-american/resources.html .

Also in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Kidney Fund will present Enfermedad de los riñones crónica: prevención y tratamiento (Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevention and Treatment), a webinar entirely and only in Spanish, on October 4, 2016.  For details see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

AKF also offers free recorded CE courses in their Cornerstones of Care series, on:

For the many other free AKF webinars, see https://akf.lms.ethosce.com/health-care-professionals/courses and http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

8/18 Compassionate Care Webinar

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will present an August 18, 2016 webinar on The End of the Rainbow: What matters most to LGBTQ persons during serious illness.  The webinar will cover key components of diversity, challenges of managing a diverse staff, and skills in creating protocols.  One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers.  Find more information and register at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/webinars/ .

The same web page includes descriptions of and links to previous webinars and their recordings, including sessions on advance planning, intimacy, delirium, palliative care, communication, reimbursement, depression, California’s new EOL law, and POLST*.  Many more webinars, tools, and resources can be found at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/

The CCCC Annual Palliative Care Summit will be held in Sacramento CA March 13-14, 2017, and CCCC is now calling for presentations.   Find out more at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/cccc-annual-summit-call-presentations/ ,  http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/ (including links to presentations from earlier Summits),  and http://ccccsummit.org/ .

* POLST, or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, serve the same function for current-time treatment, as Advance Directives do for future treatment.  For more information on POLST, see http://www.polst.org/advance-care-planning/polst-and-advance-directives/ .

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 .

Sepsis: Patients+Staff

We’ve published Sepsis information for both Patients and Facility Staff.

Our June Patient Bulletin answers questions about what Sepsis is, its causes, who gets it, how to recognize symptoms, and what to do about it, and includes a link to an NIH website with more information in both English and Spanish.  Find the June edition at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/ptbulletin/NW16PtBulletion0616.pdf , and find all of our Patient Flyers/Posters at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

Meanwhile, the June edition of Network 16 News is busy:

  • Answering the same questions from the point of view of what Facility Staff need to know about Sepsis
  • Introducing two new Network QI-and-Education Coordinators Derek Taylor, RN, and Jewel Peterman, RN, BSN
  • Including a Q&A about professionalism
  • Reminding us about the August 28, 2016 PKG/NKF Kidney Wellness Fair & Picnic in Portland, and the September 23-25 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville.  

Find all of our Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .  For more imformation about the picnic and meetings (and other events), refer to the Facility Calendar and Patient Calendar links at the top of this page.