Kidney Care Education Day

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Best Western Ramkota
3200 West Maples Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

The Kidney Care Education Day is an opportunity to bring patients and health care providers together to learn about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and celebrate life. This important education event will be hosted at the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and welcomes all individuals impacted by CKD.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

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Patient Education Sessions:

The patient education sessions will focus on promoting patient discussion and learning from each other. The theme for this year's patient sessions is "Empowering the Patients: Be Your Own Best Medicine" with talks on hygiene/catheter access and care, dental health, sleep health, and exercise.

Each topic will be introduced and moderated by either health care professionals or patients. Patients and family members will be encouraged to share how each topic has impacted their lives and how they have dealt with chronic kidney disease. There is no cost for patients and their family members/caregivers.

Tentative schedule for patients and their family members/caregivers:
9:30am - Registration/exhibits
10:00-11:00am - "Empowering the Patients: Be Your Own Best Medicine" - Four 20 minute presentations on hygiene/catheter access and care; dental health; sleep health; and exercise
11:00-11:30am - Open forum/discussion and Q&A with all the presenters in a panel type setting
11:30-11:145 - break/exhibits
11:45-12:30 - Lunch program with professionals and the Kidney Courage Awards presentation
12:30 - Event adjourns for patients

***MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: Contact NKF to learn more about nominating your patients for a Kidney Courage Award – (651) 636-7300 or***

Professional Education Sessions:

The professional education sessions will include the following topics: Less Common Causes of CKD, Chemical Dependency and CKD, Drug Induced Kidney Disease, Diabetes and CKD, Solid Organ Transplant, Infectious Disease Control, Depression and Forms of Grief, and Cardiovascular Disease and CKD.

Pricing is as follows and includes meals and continuing education credits:
Early Bird Registration: $70 (must be postmarked by August 31, 2014)
Regular Registration: $85 (must be postmarked by October 4, 2014)
Late/On-Site Registration: $100 (postmarked on/after October 4th or day of registration)
Includes meals and continuing education credits

Schedule for professional sessions:
8:00am-8:30am - Registration, breakfast, exhibits and welcome/opening remarks
8:30am-9:30am - Causes of CKD - Tina Melanson, MD - Prairie Lakes Health System
9:30am-10:30am - Chemical Dependency and CKD - Darcy Jensen - Prairie View Prevention Services
10:30am-11:30am - Drug Induced Kidney Disease - Sarah Hutton, PharmD - Sanford Health
11:30am-11:45am - Break and exhibits
11:45am-12:30pm - Lunch program and keynote speaker
12:30pm-1:30pm - Diabetes and CKD - Mary Haan, RN, CDE - Avera McKennan
1:30pm-2:30pm - Solid Organ Transplant - Christopher Auvenshine, MD - Avera Transplant
2:30pm-2:45pm - Break
2:45pm-3:45pm - Infectious Disease Control - Judy Lamphron, RN - Avera McKennan
3:45pm-4:45pm - Depression and Forms of Grief and CKD - Wallace Jackmon, MD - Avera McKennan
4:45pm-5:45pm - Cardiovascular Disease and CKD - Orvar Jonsson, MD - Sanford Health
5:45-pm-6:00pm - Q & A, Discussion, Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Overall Program Objectives for the Professional Sessions:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of less common causes of chronic kidney disease so that an appropriate plan of care can be provided to improve overall patient outcomes.
  • Compare and contrast the differences in chemical dependency as they relate to chronic kidney disease to assess the physical and psychosocial impact on the patient.
  • Recognize ways to minimize acute kidney injury (AKI) and provide appropriate coping mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate the impact of diabetes on kidney function with relevant treatment strategies to prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease.
  • Describe the benefits of kidney and pancreas transplants, and identify expectations and complications associated with solid organ transplants.
  • Discuss basic infection control and isolation practices for patients infected/colonized with MDROs (multidrug-resistant organisms).
  • Recognize the stages of grief to better identify and treat depression in kidney patients.
  • Summarize the causes of cardiovascular disease and its relation to kidney disease to strategize all available treatment options.

CE Information

Nurse and Dialysis Technician
The National Kidney Foundation is accredited as a provider of continued nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


The National Kidney Foundation is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Social Worker

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program.

Disclaimer and Disclosure Policies

Declaration of Disclosure: It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity. If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use Declaration: During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Disclaimer: The faculty and National Kidney Foundation do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this National Kidney Foundation (NKF) educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments. This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every health care professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Hotel Information:

Best Western Ramkota Sioux Falls -

If you are traveling from out of town and would like to reserve a hotel room, please call the Ramkota at 605.336.0650 and mention the National Kidney Foundation to receive the group discounted rate of $99.99. Rooms must be reserved by September 22th to receive the group rate.

Thank you to our sponsor(s):

Silver Sponsor:

This course may receive support, in part, by educational grants from industry. At this time, a complete listing of commercial supporters is not available. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the educational activity.

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Event Contact Info:

For more information about attending or sponsoring Kidney Care Education Day, please contact the Kristin Bellows at the NKF office at (800) 596-7943 or email