Session Descriptions and Learning Objectives

1. Applying Best Practice and Theory to Improving Transplant Discussions: Christina Goalby, MSW
Presentation focused on kidney transplant patients and what the professional staff can do to help prepare them for the transplant regimen.

  • Explain what the Trans-theoretical Model of Behavioral Change (TTM) is and how this theory is applied to helping individuals develop positive heath behaviors.
  • Identify the five TTM stages of readiness as it relates to patients who are pursuing deceased and living kidney donation.
  • Explain how to apply the TTM theory when educating patients about transplant and living donation.
  • Review the educational resources available to use with patients and their loved ones.
2. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Emmanuelle Williams, MD
Presentation on the negative impact of stress and how healthcare professionals can best manage stress and protect themselves from burnout and compassion fatigue.

  • Define burnout as it relates to the medical field.
  • Recognize symptoms and consequences of burnout in medical professionals.
  • Use current evidence to personalize burnout prevention and treatment strategies.
3. Home Dialysis and the Transitional Care Model: Kim Davis, RN, BSN, MPH, CNN
Presentation on the benefits of home dialysis and the innovative approach the transitional care model offers.  

  • Discuss strategies dialysis providers are implementing to increase growth of home dialysis programs.
  • Summarize the role, responsibilities and qualities of home program staff and professional benefits of pursuing a position in home dialysis.  
  • List the key elements of a transitional care model
4.  Dialysis Facility Compare and Patient Engagement: Elena Balovlenkov, MS, RN, CHN
Presentation on the Dialysis Facility Compare website run by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and the impact this site can have on patient engagement. 

  • Explain how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) partners with the patient to improve the quality of care provided by dialysis centers.
  • Introduce the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website and the Star Ratings system.
  • Discuss how patients, families and advocacy groups are helping to improve the website.
5.  Bringing Sanctuary to Dialysis: Shiloh Erdley-Kass, DSW (2 hours)
Presentation on the structured intervention aimed to address effective management of emotional labor experienced among dialysis unit professionals using the trauma-informed approach of the Sanctuary Model.

  • Describe the contextual factors that contribute to application of trauma-informed practices in dialysis unit settings.
  • Describe "goodness of fit" of the Sanctuary Model and the application of the SELF Model of care by dialysis social workers.
  • Describe the core components of the SELF Model.
  • Provide opportunities for experiential engagement and application of SELF Module.