For Healthcare Professionals

As a kidney patient founded and operated non-profit organization, one of RSN’s key initiatives is to provide a patients perspective on the care they receive to the renal healthcare community. Our editorial contributors include people who are living successfully in spite of kidney disease, who may also be on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant and their families. In addition, RSN receives editorial contributions from leaders in the renal healthcare community that offer learning opportunities from their own experience and insights into treatment advances.

Communication Tools

Communication Prescription
communication prescription-educational videos for healthcare professionals - kidney disease - lori hartwell

A video series for healthcare professionals produced by Lori Hartwell to demonstrate how to better understand and communicate with people who need dialysis.

RSN Flyers
kidney disease information for support group

A collection of downloadable documents to share with your dialysis unit, support group or anyone that might benefit from the information.

Health Library Articles for Healthcare Professionals

Opioids and kidney disease

Kidney Disease Can be a Real Pain

Pain is a common and complex problem in people living with chronic kidney disease. The risks and benefits of treating pain itself need to...
Trust: A Healthcare Essential

Trust: A Healthcare Essential

As a nurse starts an IV on me, l will conduct a quick and instinctual “trust assessment” based on the healthcare professional’s verbal and...
Free Nurse's Week Greeting cards

Celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12

Celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12 with eight free Nurse's Week Greeting Cards National Nurses Week is May 6 - 12. Express your feelings with our...
Lori Hartwell and dialysis nurse Marc Manolo, RN

Nurses are Everyday Heroes – Happy Nurses Week!

I can recall so many occasions when a nurse helped save my life, calmed my nerves by educating me, or just gave me a...
The Model Renal Care Worker from the Patient’s Perspective

The Model Renal Care Worker: from the Patient’s Perspective

Adapted from: Essential Guide to Living with a Chronic Illness by James W. Long, MD Please remember that what has become a routine dialysis treatment...

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

KidneyTalk - KidneyWorks - Chronic Kidney Disease and Employment

KidneyWorks™ A Job Retention Program for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

Lori talks to Paul Conway, AAKP President and Richard Knight, AAKP VP Chair of public policy about KidneyWorks™. They share insight on how they...
Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy - DR. STANLEY C. JORDAN, MD - KIDNEY TRANSPLANT - KidneyTalk - Kidney Talk

Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy

What are antibodies? How do they contribute to transplant rejection? How do they block your access to the kidney transplant list? What can be done...
ESRD Networks - Kidney Talk

Joining Forces to Improve Dialysis Quality of Care

In this interview we discuss a subject that concerns all people who have kidney failure. Eileen Rhodes, MSW is the Patient Services Director for...
Transitioning Pediatric Patients - Kidney Talk

Transitioning Pediatric Patients to an Adult Facility

Being a teenager and dealing with dialysis presents one set of challenges. Transitioning to an adult facility brings different challenges for patients and their...

For the Love of Nursing and Patient Care

Mary Houglum, RN, has been caring for people who have kidney disease for 42 years. She recently retired, and she shares with Lori what...