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.
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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.
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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
Slides not available. Access this link for a resource article: Using a Transitional Start Dialysis Unit to Improve Modality Selection.

4. Patient Experience: What is it and how can we improve it? Toros Kapoian, MD, FACP
Presentation on why the dialysis patient experience matters.

  • Define patient satisfaction
  • Define patient experience
  • Briefly review ICH-CAHPS
  • Discuss the determinants of the patient experience
  • Identify strategies that can improve patient experience
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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.
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6. Hospital Readmissions Among Patients on Dialysis: Definition, Measurement, and Prevention, Amber Paulus BSN, RN, CPHQ
Since the development and release of the standardized readmission ratio understanding the role the dialysis facility plays in readmission reduction remains difficult. This presentation seeks to clarify the definition of hospital readmissions, their application to the dialysis facility, measurement used by evaluators, and strategies to prevent or reduce rehospitalization among patients with ESRD.

  • Discuss the current definition and application of hospital readmission among patients on dialysis.
  • Critically examine the measurement strategy for evaluating dialysis facility national performance in managing hospital readmissions.  
  • Synthesize approaches for dialysis-related interventions for readmission reduction and prevention.
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