The Local Chapters of the NKF Professional Councils hold regular meetings, often work with NKF offices in their area, engage with their members and honor local renal professionals in unique ways. This is a place for Chapters to recap events, share meeting and speaker ideas, and announce member achievements.
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Council of Nephrology Social Workers
Where has the time gone? It appeared to be a tumultuous year with many CMS investigations and Network initiatives. It was our second year of depression screening and efforts were focused on making it less of a task (to comply with CMS regulations) and making it more of a competent SW tool that can help our patients. The 2018 NKF Clinical Meetings will be April 10 – 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
- New York Metropolitan Chapter: Nicole Harrison, Chair. Had a meeting on October 25th at Beth Israel Medical Center with presentations on “Substance Abuse in Dialysis Patients” presented by Adina Kolatch, LCSW, CASAC and “Habit Change for ESRD Patients” presented by Whitney Turkanis, LCSW, NSW-C..
- Southern New England Chapter: Sarah Stevenson, Chair: Had a four education forums in 2017 and received CEUs on September 27th at FKC-Providence in Providence, RI on “Palliative Care and Hospice Care for Renal Patients” presented by Dr. Martin and Dr. Ritzau.
- Western Pennsylvania Chapter: Mandy Sheetz, Chair: Held their Fall Conference on October 6th. Featured topics included “Addictions and Dialysis Dependence”; “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” and “Ethical Decision Making and Burnout.”
- Oregon/SW Washington Chapter: Pia Allabastro, Mary Carney and Valerie Small, Chairs: Had a great conference entitled “Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation” on November 8th in Portland, Oregon. Presentations Dr. Krista Lentine, a nephrologist at SSM Health at St. Louis University Hospital, and Aimee Adelmann, Director of Education and Outreach with Donate Life Northwest. A BIG THANKS to Yasuyo Tsunemine for the planning of the conference.
Council on Renal Nutrition
Georgia CRN (GCRN): The Annual GCRN Spring Clinical Meeting will be held on May 3-4, 2018 at the Macon Conference Center, 105 Holiday Drive North, Macon, GA 31210. The times will be from 8:00-5:00 on May 3rd and 8:00-12:00 on May 4th.
CRN New England (CRNNE): Spring 2018 meeting will be held Wednesday May 9, 2018 at UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center 7:30am-4:00pm. Topics include Malnutrition, Ca/phosphorus management, following renal transplant, yoga/wellness, fluid management, and CKD counseling. CEU will be provided.
Michigan CRN: The Board of Michigan CRN are busy planning their Spring 2018 Symposium. The date is set for Friday, April 20th. The venue has moved due to increased attendance and membership! Please contact Adarsh Bery, MS, RD at Abery1@hfhs.org for further information.
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