Psychosocial Aspects of Living Kidney Donations and Role of the Living Donor Advocate

This educational activity will help social workers to understand the landscape of live donor kidney transplantation. Participants will learn the latest evidence about quality of life outcomes for kidney donors, & new standards to ensure their decisions & autonomy are honored. The psychosocial outcomes of live donors will be reviewed as well as the evolution of the paired kidney exchange.  

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Review emerging evidence on psychosocial aspects of live donation including factors connected to outcome, assessment techniques, and interventions to reduce risk
  • Define the role of the live donor social worker and that of the independent living donor advocate
  • Acknowledge limits to available data, and offer aides for clinical decision-making

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Target Audience

  • Social Workers
Accreditation/Designation of Credit Statements:

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), 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; and complete the post-test (minimum score of 70% required) and evaluation to successfully earn credit.  The estimated time for completion is 1.5 hours.    

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.


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 Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Faculty Disclosures:

Rebecca Hays, APSW, NSWC
Living Donor Social Worker and Independent Living Donor Advocate
University of WI Hospital and Clinics
Madison, WI
Disclosure: Other: Connect to Transplant.

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Kimberly Gusse, LMSW, ACSW 
Care Manager
Priority Health
Grand Rapids, MI
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s)

Vernon Silva, LCSW, NSW-C
Nephrology Social Worker
US Renal Care
Panorama City, CA
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).

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

Anna Okoniewski
CME/CE Activities Manager
National Kidney Foundation    
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kristen Fischer, LCSW, NSW-C
Transplant Social Worker/Financial Coordinator
Sanford Medical Center - Fargo
Fargo, ND
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours


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Contact Information:

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