Blurred Lines: Keeping Safe Boundaries at a Dialysis Clinic

People who need dialysis often spend so much time at a clinic that they, and the staff, view each other as friends instead of maintaining a professional relationship. Eileen Rhodes, Patient Services Director at the ESRD Network 18, shares why this can lead to crossing important boundaries. Maintaining a high level of care requires everyone to stay on the same page and understand the boundaries of a patient/staff relationship. Lori and Eileen discuss this topic in detail and offer tips for everyone in a clinical setting to remember. Tune in to learn how to advocate for yourself, as a patient in these situations and, if necessary, start resolving these issues.

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Hosted By Lori Hartwell

Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

About the ESRD Network: The goal of the ESRD Network is to ensure the quality of care for patients in dialysis centers. Here are more helpful links about the ESRD Networks:

Read the Patient Bill of Rights

Learn More about the ESRD Network

How to Get Involved in Your ‘Network’

Learn more, and find the network in your area, by visiting the ESRD Network website


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