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.
The 2018 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM) will be held in Austin TX April 10-14, 2018. The SCM website features a comprehensive preliminary program, a call for abstracts, a signup for news, and a link to the NKF Professional Education Resource Center (PERC) that will have many free-to-members courses based on the 2017 SCM. SCM includes separate pre-conference workshops and conference tracks for physicians, pharmacists, advanced practitioners, nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers, and transplant professionals. Registration is now open, and discounted advance registration closes January 26, 2018. Find everything you need to know about SCM at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical .
ANNA, NANT, and NKF will collaborate to present an October 22, 2017 Annual Renal Update 2017 in Irvine CA. Sessions will include Interventional Radiology and the HD Access, Preventing & Reporting BSI, From Battling Burnout to Finding Joy, Understanding Technology, Friendly Renal Meals, Transplantation, and Outpatient AKI. Register by October 12, 2017. Breakfast and lunch are included in the conference fee, and seven contact hours will be given. For full details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/18RenalUpdate1017.pdf .
We’ve published the agenda and brochure for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care. The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians. Register by October 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee. Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .