Minnesota, Dakotas, Iowa & Nebraska

Kidney Care Education Day

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Best Western Ramkota
3200 West Maples Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

The Kidney Care Education Day is an opportunity to bring patients and health care providers together to learn about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and celebrate life. This important education event will be hosted at the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls, SD and welcomes all individuals impacted CKD.

This year, the National Kidney Foundation is offering two separate educational tracks: Patient education workshops conducted over the course of the day to empower patients with knowledge related to their illness and professional education offering continuing education (CE) credits for nurses, dietitians, social workers and dialysis technicians.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

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Patient Education Sessions:

The patient education sessions will focus on promoting patient discussion and learning from each other. Patients will be presented with topics to include:Adding Flavor without Adding Salt (this includes a cooking demonstration); Diabetes, Heart Disease and Hypertension in Kidney Disease; Living with Chronic Illness and more.

Each topic will be introduced and moderated by either health care professionals or patients. Patients and family members will be encouraged to share how each topic has impacted their lives and how they have dealt with chronic kidney disease. There is no cost for patients and their family members/caregivers.

Tentative schedule for patients and their family members/caregivers:
9:00am-9:30am – Registration, breakfast, exhibits and welcome
9:30am-11:30am – Three 30-minute educational breakout sessions
11:30am-11:45am – Break, exhibits
11:45am-12:30pm – Lunch program, NKF update, Kidney Courage Awards Presentation
12:30pm – Conference adjourns

***MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: Contact NKF to learn more about nominating your patients for a Kidney Courage Award – 651.636.7300 or kristinb@kidney.org.***

Professional Education Sessions:

The professional education sessions will be approved for continuing education credits for nurses, dietitians, social workers and dialysis technicians. There will be eight 60-minute sessions covering the following topics: Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Tools; Weight Loss Surgery and Kidney Transplants; CMS Core Survey Process; Dialysis Infection Control; Encouraging Behavior Change in Dialysis Patients; Kidney Disease and the Native American Culture; Bones, Bones, Brittle Bones; Kidney Transplantation Process and Paired Exchange.

Pricing is as follows and includes meals and continuing education credits:
Early Bird Registration: $70 (must be postmarked by August 31, 2013)
Regular Registration: $85 (must be postmarked by October 4, 2013)
Late/On-Site Registration: $100 (postmarked on/after October 4th or day of registration)

Schedule for professional sessions:
8:00am-8:30am – Registration, breakfast, exhibits and welcome/opening remarks
8:30am-9:30am – Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Tools – Jan Deane, RN, CNN - Renal Network of the Upper Midwest
9:30am-10:30am – Weight Loss Surgery and Kidney Transplants - Darcie Schmidt, FNP-BC, CBN - Bariatric Services, Avera McKennan Hospital
10:30am-11:30am – CMS Core Survey Process - Patricia Brinkley, RN, BSN, Public Health Advisor - South Dakota Department of Health
11:30am-11:45am – Break and exhibits
11:45am-12:30pm – Lunch program and keynote speaker
12:30pm-1:30pm – Dialysis Infection Control – Jennifer Hsu, MD - Sanford Health
1:30pm-2:30pm – Encouraging Behavior Change in Dialysis Patients - Dee Peterson, MS, RD, LN - Avera McKennan
2:30pm-2:45pm – Break
2:45pm-3:45pm – Kidney Disease and the Native American Culture – Karla Abbott
3:45pm-4:45pm – Bones, Bones, Brittle Bones – Jerry Schrier, PA-C, Avera McKennan with Janice Mitchell, MS, RD, CSR, LN - DaVita Sioux Falls
4:45pm-5:45pm – Kidney Transplantation Process and Paired Exchange – Katie DeWall - Sanford Health
5:45-pm-6:00pm – Q&A, discussion, closing remarks

Overall Program Objectives for the Professional Sessions:

  • Explain Renal Network’s Quality Assurance Performance Improvements.
  • Discuss the risks versus benefits of weight loss surgery for transplant recipients.
  • Define the key concepts of the ESRD Core Survey Process and explain data survey tools.
  • Recognize strategies for prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections, including infection control bundles and antibiotic locks.
  • Discuss how to encourage behavior change in dialysis patients.
  • Identify health disparities in the Native American culture, including renal disease and how to improve renal health.
  • Outline the CNS/UNOS requirements for kidney transplantation.
  • Express the importance of the team approach when managing bone and mineral metabolism in CKD patients.

CE Information

Nurse and Dialysis Technician
The National Kidney Foundation is accredited as a provider of continued nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


The National Kidney Foundation is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).



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.

Disclaimer and Disclosure Policies

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 Declaration : 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 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 National Kidney Foundation (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 health care 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.

Hotel Information:

Best Western Ramkota Sioux Falls - http://siouxfalls.bwramkota.com

If you are traveling from out of town and would like to reserve a hotel room, please call the Ramkota at 605.336.0650 and mention the National Kidney Foundation to receive the group discounted rate of $99.99. Rooms must be reserved by September 28th to receive the group rate.

Thank you to our sponsor(s):

Silver Sponsor:

Conference Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors: Astellas; Fresenius Medical Care; Sanford Health

Conference supporter: Xcel Energy

This course may receive support, in part, by educational grants from industry. At this time, a complete listing of commercial supporters is not available. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the educational activity.

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Event Contact Info:

For more information about attending or sponsoring Kidney Care Education Day, please contact the Kristin Bellows at the NKF office at 800.596.7943 or email KristinB@Kidney.org