HealthInsight ESRD Network 16 will hold their 2018 Quality Conference October 11, 2018 in Tukwila WA. Topics will include the wearable kidney, patient-centered care, home dialysis, emergency preparedness, transplant, and mentoring, providing 6 CEUs for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians. For details and registration see http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.
The National Forum of ESRD Networks will present a May 2, 2018 webinar for dialysis facility staff on The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication and Improving Quality. Continuing education credit will be available for nurses, technicians, and social workers. Find more information and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/417211176479162113. Find copies of the Toolkit in English and Spanish at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/dialysis-patient-grievance-toolkit-1.
The National Forum of ESRD Networks will present a May 2, 2018 webinar on The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication & Improving Quality. The Toolkit was developed BY patients FOR patients! While it was written to guide patients through the grievance process it has proven to be a useful tool for both patients and providers to help improve communication. This webinar will provide strategies to improve collaboration between patients and the care team, including tips for communicating with dialysis patients, and for addressing patients fears associated with presenting a grievance. Contact hours will be available for nurses, PCTs, and social workers. Find more information and register at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-2018. Download the Grievance Toolkit and a poster summarizing its contents at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits.
BONENT will hold its 2018 Western Regional Seminar at the San Francisco airport April 22, 2018. BONENT members, and facilities that send five or more employees, receive discounts until March 15, 2018. There is an added fee for onsite registration. The Seminar will include two separate tracks, one for CHTs and CHNs, and the other for CHBTs and BioMed Technicians. Eight continuing education hours are available. For details see http://www.bonent.org/seminar-western-2018.php. Other BONENT Regional Seminars will be held June 10, 2018 in Chicago IL, and August 19, 2018 in Newark NJ; see http://www.bonent.org/.
The Greater Puget Sound Chapter #503 of ANNA will present their 2018 Renal Update February 1-2, 2018 in Lynnwood WA. Topics include incivility, surveys, iatrogenic death, teach-back, calciphylaxis, difficult conversations, passion and compassion, AKI, organ donation, ultrafiltration, lupus, hyponatremia, hyperoxaluria, and the future of dialysis. Registration is online only, and closes on January 29, 2018. Discounts are available until 11:30 pm PST January 10, 2018. For more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/RenalUpdate2018.pdf.
MEI has released the 6th Edition of their Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician. The print version is available now, with mobile and internet versions, and continuing-education practice tests to be added soon. For details see https://meiresearch.org/cc6.
BONENT has announced a new mission statement, reduction to 6 in the number of months of job experience required before sitting for the CHT and CHBT exams, board member changes, and 2018 Regional Seminars April 22 in San Jose CA, June 10 in Chicago, and August 19 in New York. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/BONENT/B.News0118.pdf and http://www.bonent.org/downloads/bonent-update-winter-2018.pdf.
BONENT seeks state Representatives for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. State Representatives are BONENT members that host one certification exam per year, represent BONENT at renal meetings, and inform the BONENT Board of any legislative changes as they relate to nephrology practice in their state or region which will impact certification in nephrology, especially as it relates to PCT licensure. See http://www.bonent.org/regional-representatives.php.