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.

NW 5/19-20 CNSW Spring Symposium

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2016 Educational Symposium May 19-20, 2016 in Issaquah WA.  Topics will include Ethics, Chronic Disease and Childhood, Surveyor Citations, and a Network Update.  Your registration and payment must be postmarked by May 3, 2016.  Registration and payment postmarked by April 22 will be eligible for a special boon.  For full details and registration, see https://www.nwrn.org/files/education/CNSW16Spring.pdf .

CNSW Chapter Conference, 5/6, Tualatin

The CNSW OR SW-WA Chapter will sponsor a Conference on Living Your Ethics in Tualatin OR on May 6, 2015.  The all-day Conference, which offers six hours of Ethics CEUs, will cover nine different approaches to ethics, as well as ethical considerations in professional values, responsibility, decision making, end of life and shared decision making, daily life, and personal codes.  For details see https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0515.pdf .

CNSW Educational Symposium 4/16-17, Issaquah

The CNSW Northwest Chapter will present its Spring 2015 Educational Symposium in Issaquah WA on April 16-17, 2015.  Registration must be postmarked by April 3, 2015.  Topics will feature KDQOL, end of life, personality disorders, and a full day on ethics, including subtopics on ethics relative to IVD, disaster planning, non-adherence, bioethics, autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, fairness, patient preferences, quality of life, and context.  Find venue, schedule, and registration form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0415.pdf .