Maryland Chapter: Kenya Brown, Chair: They are meeting in October to hold new elections. We bid a fond farewell to current chair, Kenya Brown, who will be stepping down. We thank her for all her time and efforts. Be well.
Region V Updates
Oregon/SW Washington Chapter: Pia Allabastro, Mary Carney and Valerie Small, Chairs: Had a great conference entitled “Challenging Behaviors, Communication Skills and Understanding Cognitive Brain Change” on May 2nd in Portland, Oregon worth up to 5.0 CEUs. For the Fall season, they are planning a conference on November 7th entitled “Nephrology Palliative Care.” It will cover healthcare documents, motivational interviewing, evidence based research, goals of care and a host of other related topic.
Northwest Chapter: Dawn Menchen, Chair: The Northwest CNSW Chapter is in the midst of planning the next CNSW Educational Symposium on November 2, 2018. We will be addressing topics in ethics and having Jeff Harder, LICSW at UWMC do his presentation of Good Patient/Bad Patient that he did at NKF SCM 2018. We will send you the registration that outlines our program when ready; most likely by end of the month. We are just getting confirmation on our final speaker.
Our chapter had some recent changes to the board and are in transition from people leaving and new ones taking their place. I have copied everyone to this email. I would like to introduce Cindy Cornell, MSW, Sarah Boggs, LSWAIC, and Katie Zavala, LSWAIC who are coming on-board as we say goodbye to Barbara Dickhaus, LICSW, Tanisha Davis, LSWAIC, and Andrea Schlechty, LSWAIC.
Orange County Chapter: Robin Worker, Chair: Melissa Percy from St. Joseph’s is stepping down as chair and handing over the reigns to Robin Worker. Thank you Melissa for all your time and efforts. Be well.
San Diego Chapter: Stephanie Johnstone Steinber, Chair: The San Diego Chapter held their annual educational meeting on 5/16/2018. It was well attended by the entire San Diego and Imperial County membership, Eileen Rhodes, MSW, the Patient Services Directory of the ESRD Network 18 opened the meeting with a presentation on multiple topics. These included the current grievance procedure, involuntary patient transfers and discharges, emergency response and preparedness, available support groups and peer mentoring programs and patient representations at facility quality improvement meetings.
Following the Network 18 presentation, Erica Rodriguez and Bianca Gonzalez gave a presentation on “Job Assistance for Special Needs Populations in San Diego County. They discussed the agency, now in service for over 29 years, and what their 900 employees are available to do for the ESRD patient. It is important to note that most job positions offered require that the person be able to do physical labor and lifting and have their own transportation.
Michael Moses, the UCSD Renal Transplant Pharmacist gave an excellent presentation on “Guidelines on Steroid-Free Immunosuppression”. He highlighted the importance of patient awareness of the guidelines and discussed the ability to customize the treatment to the individual patient’s immune system response.
The final speaker was Barbara Treash-Osio, a staff attorney from the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Barbara gave a presentation that included discussion of conservatorship of the person and estate, and the powers and duties of conservators. She also highlighted the difficulty in determining mental capacity.