Building an Inter-Professional Bridge: Dialysis Unit Social Worker-Nephrologist Collaboration

CME/CE Activity

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation*, an accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and an accredited provider by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education to physicians, nurses/dialysis technicians, dietitians and social workers respectively. In addition, individual activities are approved on an activity specific basis for family physicians, advanced practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), pharmacists, certified case managers, certified rehabilitation counselors, and other specialties.

*Activity approvals: Prior to January 2012 through the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA); January 2012-December 2012 through the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).

Available through
Nov 17, 2018

In current dialysis facility management, medical directors and social workers are often bound by and confined to traditional and nonoverlapping roles. The social worker and medical director may interact infrequently and their interaction is often limited to monthly interdisciplinary patient care meetings. A more collaborative relationship between the social worker and medical director can be a professionally enriching experience for both parties while also benefiting patients and dialysis staff.

This activity will describe the potential dynamism generated by collaboration in the following novel areas:

  • Dialysis staff education and support
  • Patient –empowered decision making, including, palliative care, and end of life support
  • Assessment of dialysis patient neurocognitive function
  • Nephrology fellowship education on conducting difficult discussions
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Andrew Cohen, MD; Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members