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Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Special Populations in ESRD
September 20, 2019
Hosted by Greater New England and Rhode Island/Southeastern Massachusetts
Seeking Voluteers
The chapters below are seeking volunteers to help plan future chapter events. If you're looking for ways to get involved, please reach out to the Chair. 
Both the CNSW-LA and CNSW-PNW now have Facebook pages.
CNSW of Indiana (ICNSW) Update
The theme of this spring’s ICNSW meeting, held on March 22, 2019, was Renal Social Workers: In & For the Community. The focus was on community resources and included presentations on the proposed Indiana Hate Crimes Bill, Starting & Successfully Maintaining a Patient Support Group, The State of the State of Social Work, and Clinical Ethics & Social Media in Communications with Patients. Attendance again filled the conference room at NKFI and feedback was excellent. We had a good opportunity to network with a variety of other professionals as well as with each other.
The fall ICNSW meeting is 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 will include: 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, Person Centered Care in ESRD. The Kleit Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Indianapolis. Come join us!
CNSW of Minnesota/Upper Midwest Update
At our quarterly meeting on March 21st, social workers from four area transplant centers did a panel presentation entitled “Psychosocial Considerations for Successful Kidney Transplant”. We offered CEUs. There was a large turnout. NKFMN hosted a Kidney Patient Social Summit and Big Ask/Big Give on March 31st. The workshop included a presentation on “Insurance Considerations for CKD and ESRD” conducted by 2 CNSW members. The CNSW meeting for Q2 was held on June 27. The educational topic was “Insurance Considerations for CKD and ESRD.” Jennifer Miller, Abbott Northwestern Transplant MSW, and Gail Nylin, Dialysis Social Worker at Fresenius Medical Care, presented. We plan to continue to meet quarterly and provide educational CEUs. A fall conference is being planned with the CRN group.
CNSW of Eastern Kansas & Western Missouri Update
Just finished a wonderful conference that we put on this past Tuesday at the National Kidney Foundation office in Overland Park, KS. We provided 5 CEUs. We had a transplant panel, patient panel, on Helping Patients work with SSA Work, Hospice/Palliative Care and an interactive session with challenging cases. We had 33 social workers in attendance. We signed up three new CNSW members and had a couple of members that renewed. We also boosted about the benefits of being a national member and how much Beth Witten and I enjoyed the SCM conference along with other attendees who shared their experiences with the group as well. We are looking at doing our next CNSW event in the fall, possibly in Topeka, KS, an hour outside of the KS City Metro area. Beth and I discussed centering it around what is going on in legislation, as Topeka is the state capitol. We also asked the attendees to think about helping with planning future events.
CNSW of Eastern MO and Metro East Update
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 dialysis clinics and local renal organizations.
In January 2019 – Katherine Mullen, LCSW (one of our own CNSW members) was our guest speaker. Presentation titled: “VA Services and Dialysis Patient Care”. (1 CEU Provided).
In February 2019 – Candace L. Finan, MA, LPC, NCC was our guest speaker. Presentation title: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic – Treatment Options.
In March 2019 – Angela Skurtu, M.ED. LMFT was our guest speaker. Presentation title: Sex & Kidney Disease. (1 CEU Provided).
On March 14th – Some members also attended the “Advocacy Day” with the local NKF representatives. NKF charted a bus to the state capital in Jefferson City, MO, where we spent World Kidney Day meeting with the legislators to discuss issues important to kidney disease, transplant and dialysis patients.
In April 2019 – Gary Behrman, Ph.D., LCSW was our guest speaker. Presentation title: Building Resilience in Our Patients with Chronic Health Conditions (1 CEU Provided).
In May 2019 – Ethics Seminar: Cara L. Wallace, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University is our guest speaker. Presentation title: Boundaries and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Settings (3 CEU’s Provided).
June 2019 – Renata Sledge, MSW, LCSW, Doctoral Student – Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University (Another one of our very own CNSW members!!).
CNSW of Wisconsin Update
April – June 2019:
  • 2019 is NKF-WI’s 50th anniversary!
  • Chapter Meeting 4/05/2019
    • Presenter/CEU Topic: Chronic Kidney Conditions: Empathy, Advocacy, and Altruism
    • Roundtable Discussion Topics: Suicidality Screening by Nephrology Social Workers
    • CEO Cindy Huber continues to advocate on Chapter’s behalf for addressing issues and challenges with MTM
  • May 2019: CNSW-WI Chapter Support Call
    • Support conference calls are held for the chapter on a bi-monthly basis to discuss challenging cases, networking, etc.
  • Chapter Meeting 6/07/2019
    • Presenter/CEU Topic: Medicare and ESRD
    • Roundtable Discussion Topics: Evaluation of Non-Response to the ICH CAHPS Survey
Current Projects:
  • Chapter Meeting 8/02/2019
    • Presenter/CEU Topic: Versiti: Organ Procurement
    • Presenter/CEU Topic: Improving Patient Outcomes through Social Worker Interventions with Laboratory Values
CNSW of Nebraska Update
On February 1, 2019, the group met at CHI Midlands in Papillion, NE. A speaker from The Creighton Center for Health Promotion and Wellbeing presented Self-Care Reboot:  Strategies for Social Workers. There was also an update from executive director of the Nebraska Kidney Association. The most recent quarterly meeting was on May 3, 2019, at the Dialysis Center of Lincoln-Northwest in Lincoln NE. There was a panel of speakers from the Center for Legal Immigration, providing a familiarity with the U.S. Immigration System and the intersection between immigration, healthcare, immigration legal assistance and the benefits of Immigrant-Focused Medical-Legal Partnerships. There was also an update from the coordinator of the Nebraska Chronic Renal Disease Program. The next meeting is scheduled for August 9, 2019, at the Intercultural Aging Center in Omaha, NE.  


Council on Renal Nutrition

Iowa CRN Fall Meeting
September 24, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coralville Public Library
Contact Heide Haas a2 HHaas@gr-mg.com for further details.

Michigan Fall Symposium

September 27, 2019
Nomad Grille, Soutfield MI 
It will be 5-6 CEU’s Contact Holley Holloway@hhollow1@hfh.org for information
Fall 2019 Council on Renal Nutrition New England Conference  
October 2, 2019
College of Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester MA 01610
This renal nutrition conference is a full day symposium that provides continuing education to dietitians. The program focuses on chronic kidney disease treatment and interventions to delay progression. Possible topics of this fall educational program include emerging research about nutrition interventions in peritoneal dialysis, the kidney-gut connection, the renal dietitian’s role in calcimimetics, ethics involving solid organ transplant and living donor advocacy and nutrition related side effects of transplant medications.
We are also looking into initiating local awards at our spring 2020 conference. Potential categories include: Outstanding Student/Intern, Rising Young Professional, Preceptor Award, CRNNE Dietitian of the Year.
Full Day Conference
October 17, 2019
Batavia, NY
Topics include:
  • CKD and Proteins
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Dietary Supplements, Vitamins and Herbals
  • Adequacy of Dialysis
  • Kidney Transplant
You can use my email for further information: judith.kirk@rochesterregional.org


Council of Nephrology Nurses & Technicians

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