Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW)

Members of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers join colleagues from across the United States and abroad to stay informed of important issues facing Nephrology Social Workers. CNSW as an organization helps protect the interests of practitioners and the well-being of patients. Members grow professionally through continuing education programs in addition to affecting changes in kidney health care legislation and public policies.

CNSW offers frequent opportunities for collaboration and networking with colleagues to improve clinical practice and promote career advancement.


Experience the advantages of NKF professional membership:

Essential Tools



Renal Link

  • A subscription to The Journal of Nephrology Social Work (JNSW), which is dedicated to disseminating empirical and ethnographic research on biopsychosocial aspects of Chronic Kidney Disease, end-stage renal disease, dialysis and kidney transplantation is included with membership. JNSW publishes primarily original research articles, brief reports and commentaries, all of which are peer-reviewed by experts on the Editorial Board.
  • A subscription to RenaLink, a quarterly NKF e-magazine providing interdisciplinary renal health information and industry news.
  • The opportunity to apply for Nephrology Social Worker Certification (NSW-C), a program that will set the standard for qualifications in the field of nephrology social work and help ensure CKD patients receive optimum social work services. Depending on education and experience, qualified applicants will receive the NSW-C credential.
  • Online Pediatric Toolkit — This resource contains comprehensive information geared to the Pediatric Nephrology Social Worker. Presentations highlight social work interventions and give case examples as illustrations
  • Apply for NKF Research Grants, Awards and Stipends. Professional members are eligible for special NKF awards, fellowships, scientific research grants and educational stipends.
  • Access to competitively priced professional Liability Insurance underwritten by a highly rated insurance company.
  • Obtain Discounts on patient and professional education materials in the NKF Store

Extraordinary Experiences


Extraordinary Experiences

  • Network with colleagues, obtain CEU's, and get updated on the latest advances in the field of kidney disease at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, which includes a comprehensive educational program track designed for Nephrology Social Workers. Members save $100 on registration.
  • Participate in NKF's Take Action Network and help change the face of legislation and policies relating to chronic kidney disease. Be the first to hear about changes in legislation, and receive alerts when help is needed to advocate for various issues.
  • Volunteer for a variety of NKF professional committees and make a difference in your field.
  • Apply for the Fellowship of the NKF. The FNKF designation recognizes dietitians for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the NKF on local, national or international levels.

Exceptional Support


Exceptional Support

  • Participate in the CNSW members-only listserv, an interactive e-mail discussion group that has become a key resource for Nephrology Social Workers around the world. Share ideas, seek support, and discuss best practices with over 700 other subscribers.
  • Take advantage of reduced rates on job postings on NKF's online Kidney Career Center.
  • Access the member directory to connect with other NKF members.

Membership Dues:


U.S. and Canada





1-Year Membership






2-Year Membership*

$165 (save $15!)


$185 (save $15!)


*2-year membership is currently only available by calling NKF at 888.JOIN.NKF or completing the print application in the membership brochure. Available soon online!

CRN Brochure



CRN Brochure

Your membership, including all benefits, will begin in the month that your application is received and processed at NKF Headquarters. You will receive a membership card with your ID#, which gives you access to the members-only section of our Website and savings in the NKF Store.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact the NKF at or 888.JOIN.NKF.

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