The Council of Nephrology Social Workers acknowledges the contributions of its national members and local affiliate chapters through annual awards. Award nominations are due in July of each year, and will be given at the following year's NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. Note: Previous winners are not eligible to receive the same award for five years. See list of previous winners here.
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.
New Worker Award
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.
Recognized Chapter Award
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.
Award for Social Work in a Transplant Setting
The 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.
The Sandra Coorough Award for Social Work in a Pediatric Setting
The Sandra Coorough Award for Social Work 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.
International Social Worker Award
The 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.
Regional Social Work Award
The 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.
Robert Whitlock Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is named in honor of Robert W. Whitlock, MSSW, MHA, LCSW, Director of the Missouri Kidney Program (MoKP), and a leader in the kidney community, who passed away in 2008. Bob was a dedicated nephrology social worker and an outstanding contributor to research, teaching, and clinical practice in nephrology social work.
Nominations to this award are made by the Executive Committee (EC), and voted and approved by the EC. Candidates are chosen based on a long career of advancing the Nephrology Social Work profession and improving the lives of kidney patients and family through research, presentations, articles, and/or program development. There is no formal application; however, the merit award form can be used.