Data, Discussions, Decisions, Dying: Strategies for Supporting Dialysis Patients at End of Life

This activity will enhance the dialysis social worker’s abilities to work with the CKD patient and their families discussing the all too important topic of End-of-Life (EoL) care.  The audience will be led through a process of building knowledge on the topic, increase their comfort levels of professional practice, and learn to developing strategies for patient care. Participants will be able to ask questions concerning EoL and converse with colleagues outside of this session, discussing how CMS encourages conversations with the patient; and advance care planning is now a billable component of one’s overall health-care record.  Following the session, participants will feel comfortable discussing this topic with their CKD patient and incorporate knowledge from it into their everyday practice. 

Learning Objectives: 

After participation in this activity, learners will be better able to:

  • Examine data and studies available on mortality related to dialysis withdrawal
  • Identify clear roles in the Advance Directive/ Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments (POLST)/ Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (MOLST) processes and the importance of clear information delivery
  • Discuss patient’s values, preferences, goals and self-determination and the best practices for supporting them with their end of life care

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Dietitians 
ACCREDITATION/DESIGNATION OF CREDIT STATEMENTS:

Dietitian 

The National Kidney Foundation is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1.5 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

The activity is available for credit through October 18, 2019.

Social Worker

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

National Kidney Foundation SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0064.

Licensed social workers should contact their individual jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

Method of Participation:

Learners will review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information; participate in the entire self-study consisting of slides and audio; complete the pre-test; complete the post-test (minimum score of 70% required) and evaluation to successfully earn credit.  The estimated time for completion is 1.5 hours.

If you participated in the live symposium Data, Discussions, Decisions, Dying: Strategies for Supporting Dialysis Patients at End of Life on Friday, April 21, 2017 and claimed credit, you should not claim credit for this endured activity.

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Disclaimer:

The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • 1.50 ASWB Ethics Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 CDR CPEUs
Course opens: 
10/18/2017
Course expires: 
10/18/2019
Cost:
$35.00
Rating: 
0
Faculty Disclosures:

Wendy Schrag, LMSW, ACSW
Vice President, State Government Affairs
Fresenius Medical Care
Newton, KS
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Jennifer McClain, MSW, LSW, NSW-C
Regional Lead Social Worker LA/NV
Fresenius Medical Care - Fire Mesa Dialysis
Las Vegas, NV
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kevin Ceckowski, MSW, LICSW, FNKF
Clinical Nephrology Social Work
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, MD
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Danielle Nathan, MA
Professional Education Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kathryn Troy, MPH
Professional Education Coordinator
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Nathalie Harden
Director, CME
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • 1.50 ASWB Ethics Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 CDR CPEUs

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
10/18/2017
Course expires: 
10/18/2019

Price

Cost:
$35.00
Please login or register for a PERC account to take this course.

Required Hardware/software

System requirements can be found here.

Contact Information:

For any questions concerning this activity, please send an email to CMEinfo@kidney.org or call NKF at 1-800-622-9010.

To view NKF privacy and confidentiality policy as it relates to CME/CE activity, please visit http://www.kidney.org/

For additional professional education resources, contact NKF at 1-800-622-9010 or visit https://www.kidney.org/professionals