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Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Region I and V:

  • The New Jersey chapter will be hosting an educational event March 12 in association with the Transatlantic Renal Council in honor of World Kidney Day. Melissa McCool will be presenting.
  • The LA (Los Angeles) Chapter has a Spring Clinical and Membership Drive scheduled for April 29, 2020 to be held at the Al Monsor Court in Alhambra, California with three speakers to present on: 1) MDD and ESRD; 2) Homelessness and ESRD, and 3) Network 18 will answer questions/educate social workers on policies related to this rarely addressed phenomenon of homelessness and ESRD.
  • The Eastern Pennsylvania chapter will have a Spring Training on Tuesday, March 31 in Willow Grove, PA, more details to follow.
  • The Pacific NW Chapter will start planning for their spring symposium. They are looking to get Tom Lepetich to present as well as the Manager of the Survey Department at the state Department of Health to present. They are also on the hunt for a new chapter chair as well as a hospitality chair.

Region II & IV:

  • Valley of Virginia Chapter has a ‘Friday the 13th' Luncheon on 12/13/2019. They had a holiday celebration and gift exchange. This chapter has 7 members and they meet 2-3 times a year.
  • Central Florida chapter usually meets 3 times a year. Next, the chapter will be meeting in April and August. They always review applications for patient assistance during meetings. This past meeting, they spent the time networking and discussing issues such as transportation, dental and in-home help resources (in which there were none). They usually have 12-18 people participate. The chair hands out a copy of a letter describing the benefits of joining CNSW.
  • Alabama Council for Nephrology Social Workers is currently accepting nomination for elections, which are scheduled to be held next month. They strive to meet once each quarter- for a total of 4 meetings each year. The original plan was to hold a meeting at different locations throughout the state to provide every nephrology social worker the opportunity to attend at least one meeting. However, only those located in central Alabama seem interested in joining and attending the meetings. The current president has held the office for 2 terms- a total of 4 years. Since then, the organization has grown by approximately 20 members. The president had an outdated list of nephrology social workers in the state and because of turnover in the last several years, she requested an updated list from Alabama Kidney Foundation. Since obtaining that list, she has reached out to all nephrology social workers in the state, which has increased their membership.
  • The North Texas CNSW chapter meets every month. This chapter has 25 members and usually has a speaker/CEU provider every month. They celebrated holidays with a gift exchange in December 2019.

Region III:

  • Iowa Chapter:
    The Iowa chapter held a fall conference on 10/11/19 In Coralville, Iowa with approximately 29 nephrology social workers in attendance. Presentations included “Substance Use Disorders”, “Veterans Administration Transplant Program” and a panel discussion regarding hot topics for transplant and dialysis social workers.

    We are currently in the planning stages for our spring conference that will be held April 17, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Upper Midwest Chapter:
    The Upper Midwest Chapter Quarter four meeting featured Catherine Duncan MA, BCC , Integrative Spiritual Consultant. Her presentation, which offered 1.5 continuing education credits was on Resiliency/Self-Compassion/ Self-Care. Our next meeting is scheduled for February 20, 2020. Joni Seitzer, LICSW, will do a presentation on motivational interviewing.
  • Eastern Missouri and Metro East Chapter:
    CNSW of Eastern MO and Metro East continued to support renal social workers, who provide care for patients suffering from renal disease in a variety of settings, including transplant centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, veteran facilities and local renal organizations.

    October 2019

    • October 8th, Amanda Hunyar, MILS presented on her new book, titled: “History of Mental Illness in St. Louis”. (1 CEU Provided).
    • Added bonus on October 26th: Amanda (who works as the Librarian and Archivist for the hospital) took us on a tour of the “Haunted Historic” St. Louis Psychiatric Hospital.

    In November 2019

    • Jennifer Higgenbotham, MSW, LCSW presented on the “Independence Center”. (1 CEU Provided).

    In December 2019

    • Saint Louis University Transplant Hospital hosted our CNSW Annual Holiday Party!! Guests included local National Kidney Foundation Executive Director, Kathleen Davis.

    2019 – 2021 CNSW of Eastern MO and Metro East Executive Team: Co-Leaders: Dan Schoenig & Lisa Parnell, Membership: Michelle Worthy-Freeman, Treasurer: Marcella Chirco-Kaestner, Secretaries: Britni Weindel & Melanie Brady and Professional Development: Renata Sledge.

    Upcoming Events Include:

    February 11th, 2020: Kari Burch, OTD,OTR/L from Memory Care Home Solutions. Presentation titled: “Improving Outcomes for Patients with Dementia and their Care Partners: Communication and Care Strategies”. (1 CEU “Pending”)
    March 10th, 2020: Debra K. Schuster, Attny. Presentation: Elder Care Law (1 CEU “Pending”)
    April 14th, 2020: Heather Allen, Charitable Trust Specialist, Midwest Special Needs Trust (1 CEU “Pending”)

    ** Also on Tuesday – March 10th, 2020 – our local National Kidney Foundation staff and hopefully a few members of our group will be going by bus to our MO State Capitol in Jefferson City (approx. 2 hour ride) to promote the upcoming “Kidney Advocacy Day.” I went last year and am hopeful to be go again this year and urge our elected representatives to support this important cause!!

  • Michigan Chapter:
    On January 24, 2020 the Michigan Chapter held its first quarterly meeting of the New Year. Our chapter continues to remain active and grow in membership. We continue to support NKFM activities such as the NKFM Zoo Walk, Peer Mentoring Program, Educational Scholarship Program and Emergency Fund. During the meeting the new Chapter Chair, Lauren Smitherman, and Secretary, Nicole Schovers, established themselves into their new positions which they will hold for the next two years. Following the meeting, Elara Caring presented on ethics and dignified care at end of life. All members were able to receive 2 CEU’s for attending.

    The Michigan Chapter is also looking forward to their 26th annual symposium that will be held on March 13th. The all-day event is pending approval for 6 CEUs. Topics include interdisciplinary approaches to pain management, boundaries, grief, and end of life. Last year 78 members attended the event.

  • Nebraska Chapter:
    Nebraska Chapter: On November 1, 2019, our group met at the Dialysis Center of Lincoln-Northwest in Lincoln, NE. Representatives from the Nebraska Chronic Renal Disease Program and the Nebraska Kidney Association provided updates and we discussed our units. Jenny Hagen from the Department of Veteran Affairs-Nebraska/Western Iowa presented about Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training.

    The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for February 7, 2020 at CHI Midlands in Papillion, NE. We will have a speaker from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about motivational interviewing with patients who are non-adherent to their treatment plan.

  • Indiana Chapter:
    The Fall ICNSW meeting was in conjunction with NKFI’s 28th Annual Stuart A. Kleit Symposium, a one-day multi-disciplinary seminar that enhances the understanding of advances in care of the chronic kidney disease patients and provides information and accreditations to nephrology professionals. Presentations included: Understanding & Managing Dialysis Anxiety, Walk a Mile in My Shoes -- What If You Were the Patient, A Revolution in Halting Diabetic Kidney Disease Progression, Optimizing Access to Transplant: Expanding Frontiers, and Person Centered Care in ESRD. The Kleit Symposium was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Indianapolis.

    For our Spring 2020 meeting on April 17, 2020, our theme is the Medical and Behavioral Management of Anxiety. A national consultant will provide an advanced 5-hour hands-on workshop on Behavioral Management of Anxiety. To start the day, a psychiatrist will present on the Medical Management of Anxiety, with a focus on the neurophysiology and pharmacological management of anxiety for renal patients. Come join us for a most stimulating and useful day!

Council on Renal Nutrition

Georgia Council of Renal Nutrition Spring Meeting
April 30 - May 1, 2020
Southern Regional Medical Center
Contact: Rob Meadows
Phone: 770-540-9051
CEU: 12

CRNNE Spring Meeting
Spring 2020 CRN of New England Conference
April 29th,2020
Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference (1657 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA, 01701 Framingham, MA)

Contact: Sarvnaz M. Ghavami, MS, RD, LDN
Phone: 413-992- 7603 CEU: 6.5

Wisconsin CRN Spring Meeting
April 24th, 2020
Madison, WI

Contact: Jill Hoyt or Jennifer Bazzanella
CEU: 4.0