As we all know, many patients crash into dialysis. This leaves them feeling poorly with no time to really learn about modality options or all the other choices that they have for optimal care that fits them best. We want patients to know that they have choices and we want to help direct them to where they can find information or tools to help them make informed decisions regarding their dialysis care.
We are kicking off the It’s Your Choice Campaign. We will be sending you various patient focused resources to distribute. You can be creative in the distribution. One month you can just print and hand them out to your patients. Maybe the next month, you have it printed poster size and post it by the scale, depending on the resource. It’s your choice!
We also would encourage you to let us know if you have a patient resource that has been particularly helpful in supporting optimal kidney care. We would love to add it to our library. In the future we plan to have a whole webpage dedicated to It’s Your Choice with a variety of resources for dialysis and CKD patients, including flyers, brochures, posters and maybe even a podcast with timely information.
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.
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 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.
The Compassionate Care Coalition of California will present a September 20, 2017 webinar on the California End of Life Option Act: What are we learning? What’s ahead? For nurses and social workers attending the webinar in real time, continuing education credit will be available. All registrees will automatically receive a link to a recording of the webinar. For more information and to register, see http://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc/wwonmafy7g-743705?e=67e1ad4c31 .