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
This fall’s ICNSW meeting on November 10, 2017 was held in association with the NKF Indiana 26th Annual Stuart A. Kleit Symposium. The Symposium is 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. The theme this year is “Improving the Lives of Your Patients.” Psychosocial topics include Hearing Loss & Dementia -- Effective Communication, Boundaries in the Age of Social Media, and A Patient’s Journey (a patient discussing his ESRD journey and the significant role of nephrology professionals). Other presentations are on Challenging Transplant Issues, Cardiology & ESRD, Hepatitis C, and Telemedicine. We had a good social worker turnout with the opportunity to network with a variety of other professionals.
The Upper Midwest Chapter continues to hold meetings quarterly, with one CEU offering at each meeting. Our last meeting was held on May 9, 2018 with a presentation on Suicide Safety Planning by Julia Pawlenty, LICSW a Suicide Prevention Social Worker at the Minneapolis VA. We currently have a total of 33 members. Our board is holding elections in May for a new board to take over in June. We are hopeful to continue to grow, network, and offer educational opportunities to the nephrology social work community.
Hello everyone, Well, I am into my second quarter as President of MCNSW. Thus far it has been a wonderful experience and I am enjoying seeing the new faces at our meetings. Our next meeting is Friday, June 1st, 2018. I have added to our morning agenda for the first time the opportunity for our MSWs to present a case study or share in a difficult or challenging case they are working with. My hopes with this are to have a great round table type of discussion where we can share resources, clinical ideas and overall support in assisting our colleagues with those cases that we just could use some added assistance with. It is a great time to pool all of our resources together. Our speaker for the afternoon session is Michelle McGrann, MA and she will be speaking on "Human Trafficking, A Community Epidemic". Ms. Mcgrann is the Founder of SOAP (Saving our Adolescents from Prostitution." Our Chapter continues to support and promote the many projects and programs given by the National Kidney Foundation including but not exclusive to the recent Detroit Zoo Walk. Our chapter has a new secretary, Ms. Lauren Smitherman, LMSW who words the University of Michigan Medical Center. We are excited to have Lauren on board. We are also in the process of accepting nominations for the "Merit award" and our "New Worker award." I am honored to serve as the chapters President and look forward to all of our involvement in the betterment of care and resources for our patients.
We continued to support the Renal Social Workers who provide care for patients suffering from kidney disease in a variety of settings, including transplant centers, hospitals, outpatient dialysis clinics and local renal organizations. In April 2018 Tamitha R. Ague from NASW presented on Social Work and Risk Management. During the Business Meeting we officially named our fall retreat (October 9, 2018) in honor of our long time member Debbie Silverberg, who recently passed away. In May 2018 Justine Froelker, Med, LPC, CDWF presented on Beyond Surviving: Self Care to a Thriving Life. June will be our final meeting of the summer. Guest presenter will be one of our current members: Daniel Schoenig, MSW, LMSW, who will speak on ESRD, Dialysis and Transplant – Perspectives from a Former Patient/Current Renal Social Worker. We will return to monthly meetings in September 2018.
Council on Renal Nutrition
October 11, 2018
Batavia, NY 14020
September 26, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
6 CEUs anticipated
Contact: Secretary Sharon Kennedy RD, LDN firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Chair Christine Manganiello RD, LDN email@example.com
October 3, 2018
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
6.5 CEUs anticipated
Contact chair: Maria Silvestri, firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar option available
Speaker: Dr. Donald Wesson
Seattle, WA 98112
Webinar option available.
August 7, 2018
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lynn Oehler
Presentation title: Vitamin and Minerals
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
Contact person: Laura Larcom Laura.Larcom@fmc-na.com
Contact person: Karen Peterson RD, LDN, CDE
for PCPs & the Multidisciplinary Team
November 10, 2018
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Be The Match
500 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Register Today: kidney.org/MNsymposium
For more information, contact:
Katelyn Engel MPH, RD, LD
651.636.7300 Ext 421