World Social Worker’s Month

March is World Social Worker’s month. This is a special time to recognize the dedication and caring of all social workers. We’re excited to share this special time of recognition with our dialysis and transplant social workers, who mean so much to us. These healthcare heroes are an essential part of our kidney care healthcare team. They provide assistance throughout our CKD journey. They help us in so many ways, including offering guidance in adjusting to all of the changes we are experiencing, navigating all aspects the healthcare system, managing costs and finances. They do all of this while also providing emotional support along the way.


Here are some great articles, podcasts and Hope Week presentations by and featuring kidney care social workers. Take a moment to read, listen and watch.

KidneyTalk Podcasts:

The Role of the Nephrology Social Worker with Vernon Silva, LCSW

Paying for Dialysis or Transplant  with Beth Witten, LCSW

Preparing for a Kidney Transplant with Felicia Speed, Vice President of Social Work Services for Fresenius Kidney Care

Don’t Sweat the Kidney Stuff with Howard Feinberg–a dialysis social worker, psychotherapist

Anxiety and Panic Attacks: When is it Time to Get Help? Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW


KidneyTalk Magazine Articles:

Life/Work Choices  By Mary Beth Callahan, LCSW

Sex, Meds and CKD By Robbi Waller, LCSW, and Amy Weissman-Hunt, MSW, LCSW

Depression is Complicated, Really Complicated! By Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW

14 Ways to Win the Waiting Game By Vernon Silva LCSW, NSW-C and Swagata Pandit LMSW

Seize the Day: Coping With Dialysis By Loretta Bosch, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Medicare or Other Health Plans for People who have Kidney Disease By Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW

When Your Fear Won’t Go Away! By Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW


Hope Week Presentations:

How to Work Through Stress and Anxiety with by Mary Beth Callahan, ACSW, LCSW

Psychosocial Issues of Kidney Transplant by Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW

Strategies for Managing Anxiety & Stress with Kidney Disease by Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW


Join us for RSN’s Monthly Support Group – Finding support beyond that offered by family and friends can help you cope with the life changes of kidney disease. People who attend RSN’s support group share their experiences, strength and strategies to live a hopeful and joyful life. Join us! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

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