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November 19, 2019
Transplant in Rural Communities | View Recording

Presenters: Carolyn Kennedy, LCSW and Krrynne Vincent, MSN, RN

Biographies: Ms. Kennedy is a licensed clinical social worker for American Renal Associates of Plattsburg and Elizabethtown, New York.

Ms. Vincent is the clinical manager of American Renal Associates of Plattsburg, New York.

Presentation Objectives:

The speakers:

  • Defined the empowered patient.
  • Discussed establishing patient to patient support groups.
  • Described the power of persuasion to help patients understand the impact of transplant.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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September 17, 2019
The Role of the Dialysis Unit Beyond Education: Successful Care Coordination to Transplant | View Recording

Presenters: Jennifer Gander, PhD, and Amy Brannan, RN

Biographies: Dr. Gander is a clinical epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Brannan, RN is a clinical manager with Fresenius Kidney Care in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Presentation Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, individuals will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding about the disparities and challenges in kidney transplantation.
  • Improve knowledge of the tools available to you and your patients that will help the patients explore the option of kidney transplantation.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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July 16, 2019
City Dialysis Transplant Journey | View Recording

Presenter: Courtney Rodgers, LCSW

Biography: Ms. Rodgers is a clinical social worker at Fresenius Medical Care City Center in New York, New York.

Presentation Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, individuals will be able to:

  • Explain the barriers to patients being referred, evaluated, or listed for transplant.
  • Identify processes to minimize barriers to transplant referral.
  • Evaluate if the new processes increased the number of patients waitlisted for transplant.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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May 21, 2019
Transplant: The Hope and the Wait | View Recording

Presenter: Chanda Mehta, LCSW, M.Ed.

Biography: Ms. Mehta is a clinical social worker at Fresenius Medical Care in Palatine, Illinois.

Presentation Objectives:

The speaker:

  • Discussed different transplant initiatives taken by the Fresenius Medical Care clinical team to increase transplants in their patient population.
  • Provided insight into the perspectives of recently transplanted patients, including:
    • Some of the challenges they faced.
    • Their experiences during transplant.
    • How they view their life now.
  • Addressed the importance of ongoing communication with transplant centers.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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March 19, 2019
Best Practices on Promoting Kidney Transplant in the Dialysis Setting | View Recording

Presenter: Hannah Graves, LMSW

Biography: Ms. Graves is a social worker at Fresenius Kidney Care in Hiram, Georgia.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Feel confident to discuss kidney transplant as a treatment option for all dialysis patients.
  • Understand how to refer, support, and achieve active listing status for a patient.
  • Understand keys to success when assisting dialysis patients to kidney transplant.
  • Understand the interdisciplinary approach to achieving kidney transplant.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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January 22, 2019
Applying Best Practices and Theory to Improving Transplant Discussions | View Recording

Presenter: Christina Goalby, MSW

Biography: Ms. Goalby is the manager of transplant initiatives and lead trainer at Health Literacy Media in St. Louis, Missouri.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Understand the need for better transplant education for end stage renal disease patients and their support systems.
  • Explain what the Trans-theoretical Model of Behavioral Change theory is and how it can be applied to helping patients pursue transplant and living donation.
  • Review health literate transplant and living donation education and resources to help patients make informed treatment choices.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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October 16, 2018
Kidney transplantation and roles of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) | View Recording

Presenter: David Klassen, MD

Biography: Dr. Klassen is the chief medical officer for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in Richmond, Virginia.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Provide overview of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and allocation of deceased donor kidneys.
  • Outline living donor kidney transplantation options.
  • Identify general criteria for kidney candidate evaluation and acceptance.
  • Share informational resources available from UNOS.

August 21, 2018
Kidney Transplant Workup | View Recording

Presenter: Amy Schurke, RN, BSN, CCTC

Biography: Ms. Schurke is a pre-transplant coordinator at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Identify patient referral process.
  • Define first initial phone contact with a patient.
  • Outline transplant workup process.
  • Highlight importance of care partner support.
  • Discuss transplant recipient expectations throughout workup and once listed.
  • Identify barriers/hurdles patients may have prior to starting transplant process.
  • Discuss listing process, barriers, and requirements.

June 19, 2018
Transplant from the Clinic's Perspective | View Recording

Presenter: Kay Kerby, LCSW

Biography: Ms. Kerby is a clinical social worker at Dialysis Clinic, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Learn importance of regularly monitoring patients and their transplant status.
  • Identify barriers to transplant.
  • Understand the importance of utilization and coordination with the interdisciplinary team and community resources to facilitate a successful transplant process.

April 17, 2018
Patients Helping Patients Navigate the Seven Steps to Wait Listing | View Recording

Presenters: Anne Huml, MD, Sarah Cox, MSW, LISW, and Kate Greenway, BS

Biographies: Dr. Huml is a practicing nephrologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She also serves as a researcher at Case Western Reserve University's Center for Reducing Health Disparity in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ms. Cox is a social worker at DaVita in Columbus, Ohio. 

Ms. Greenway is a patient navigator in Columbus, Ohio.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Discuss how the mechanisms of transplant (seven steps toward transplant waitlist) were identified and the common barriers encountered at each step.
  • Describe the role of a patient navigator and how this model can be used to create peer-to-peer patient engagement activities to assist patients in working through the process for transplant waitlist.
  • List interventions to overcome barriers with a peer-to-peer approach or hemodialysis unit assistance.
  • Discuss the value added in utilizing a patient to help other patients in getting on the waitlist.

February 20, 2018
Creating a Successful Transplant Outreach Program | View Recording

Presenter: Christina Psathas, MA

Biography: Ms. Psathas is the transplant outreach coordinator for the renal and pancreas transplant division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe the transplant center's approach to increase patient and staff engagement in the kidney transplant process.
  • Identify the key responsibilities of a transplant surgeon designee.
  • Discuss the evolution of the transplant surgeon designee program created and developed by Saint Barnabas Medical Center.