CNSW Awards and Grants

Awards

The Council of Nephrology Social Workers acknowledges the contributions of its national members and local affiliate chapters through annual awards. Award nominations are due October 15 of each year to the CNSW Immediate Past Chair, and will be given at the following year's NKF Spring Clinical Meetings.

The award categories are:

The Merit Award recognizes CNSW members who have made noteworthy contributions in the areas of leadership, involvement in projects that impact ESRD patients, contributions to the nephrology social work knowledge base and contributions to patient services.

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The New Worker Award is given to nephrology social workers who have been in the field two years or less and who have made noteworthy contributions to patient services and project involvement. One does not need to belong to a chapter to be nominated. A CNSW member can be nominated by two CNSW colleagues.

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The Recognized Chapter Award (RCA) is given to one small chapter (less than 20 members) and one large chapter (greater than 20 members). Chapter activities are reviewed based on development of patient-focused or professional materials, collaboration with renal related organizations and chapter cooperation with CNSW.

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The SW Award in a Transplant Setting will be awarded to a worker who has been in the transplant field two or more years and made a valuable contribution to social work in the field of renal social work in a transplant setting.

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The SW Award in a Pediatric Setting will be given to a worker who has been in the pediatric field for two or more years and has made a valuable contribution to social work in the field of pediatric renal social work.

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The SW Award to an International Social Worker will be presented to an international member who has been in renal social work for two or more years and made a valuable contribution to the field of renal social work.

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The CNSW Regional Social Work Award will recognize one member from each region who has been in the field for two or more years and made a valuable contribution to social work in his/her region.

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Research Grants

The purpose of the CNSW Research Grant Program is to further knowledge of psychosocial factors in kidney failure and to enhance clinical social work intervention with dialysis and transplant patients and families. The grants may cover research on psychosocial factors in kidney failure, or clinical practice research focusing on social work assessment and treatment strategies with patients and families or staff, or education programs to enhance patient and family understanding of kidney failure treatment and its psychosocial implications, or pilot or demonstration projects which have broad applicability to nephrology social work services and/or nephrology social workers. For further information on the CNSW Research Grant Program, please contact the CNSW Chair Elect

NKF will not be accepting or supporting research applications at this time.