10/14+ National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week

NANT has announced that October 14-20 is National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week.  For details see https://associationdatabase.com/aws/NANT/ebulletin/view_mail/133788/1860414.  AAKP  featured dialysis technicians in last week’s HealthLine webinar on Making the Perfect Team: Working with Your Dialysis Technician; see https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6927452477730326277/recording/fbdbf54d96084efc86b7e3a6b03f9993/watch.

NANT, the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists, has chosen the terms:

  • Nephrology Clinical Technician or NCT to describe technicians that deal directly with patients
  • Nephrology Biomedical Technologists or NBT to refer to technologists that work with dialysis equipment

This new terminology distinguishes healthcare staff previously referred to as Patient Care Technicians, and acknowledges the biomedical engineers who  keep the dialysis unit operating.  Earlier titles – Patient Care Technician, PCT, Dialysis Technician, or simply Technician do not acknowledge the specific field (nephrology), discipline (clinical and/or biomedical) and function (technician or technologist) of these members of the care team.

For more information on NANT, see http://dialysistech.net/.  The 2019 NANT Annual Symposium, Dialysis Tech Connexion 2019 or DTX19, will be held in Las Vegas 19-22 March, 2019; find details at http://dialysistech.net/2019-annual-symposium.

10/21 NW18 Renal Update

The local chapters of ANNA, NANT, and NKF will present the Annual Renal Update 2018 conference in Irvine CA on 21 October 2018.  Topics will include pediatric nephrology, medications, dialysis history, zero infections, extracorporeal circuits, transpants, fluid management, and patient care techncians.  The conference fee will include eight CE hours, breakfast and lunch.  For details and registration see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/ANNA18.18.pdf – and don’t miss the map to the venue on page 2.

NW16 10/1+ Quality Conference Agenda

Registration without late fee for the October 11, 2018 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference near the Seattle airport ends September 30, 2018.  On October 1 and later, registration is $25 higher.  If you’ve already registered but you’re no longer able to attend, your right to a refund also expires on September 30.

The agenda includes sessions on Innovation in Dialysis, Person-Centered Care, Home Dialysis, Disaster Preparedness, Transplants, and Mentoring.  The Conference fee includes 6 CEs for nurses, social workers, techs, and dietitians, plus continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.  Find the Agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/QC2018/2018QCAgenda.pdf, and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.

NW16 10/11 Quality Conference in Tukwila

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.

5/2 Grievance Toolkit Webinar

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.

5/2 Grievance Toolkit Webinar

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.