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.

16th Annual Essay Contest

Download and share the 16th Annual Essay Contest flyer with your patients. It’s an outstanding opportunity for people who have chronic kidney disease (CKD), including people on dialysis and kidney transplant recipients, to make a valuable contribution to society by expressing their ideas, views, and most importantly, hope.

Health Library Articles for Healthcare Professionals

Don’t Delay: Discuss Pain Management With Your Doctor NOW

My battle with chronic pain has been going on for decades. One ache turned into two, two aches into three, and so on. Managing...

Cherish your Nurse

You’re in the hospital for surgery, or maybe an infection. You appreciate the kind nurse who listens to you, or the nurse who advocates...

Blood Stream Infection Prevention

I have been a vascular surgeon for over 30 years and have treated many people who require a dialysis access to receive life-saving treatment....

The Benefits of Home Dialysis

Home dialysis should always be an option to consider as it can fit better into your life and be done in the comfort of...

Second Opinions: You don’t know what you don’t know

In my lifetime of living with kidney disease, I have seen my fair share of doctors to manage my care effectively. Last count, I...

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

Celebrating Nephrology Nurses

Nephrology nursing is a unique specialty. Because kidney failure requires a great deal of maintenance, nephrology nurses really get to know their patients and...

Pets & Kidney Transplant Safety

A beloved animal is your best friend. To hear a doctor say you have to give up your pet in order to get a...

Opt-In vs Opt-Out Organ Donation Practices Around the World

What is the difference between an opt-in and an opt-out organ donation policy? Is one more successful than the other? Tom Mone, Chief Executive...

The Role of the Nephrology Social Worker

Each dialysis clinic has a social worker onsite to help patients adjust and build their coping skills. Vernon Silva, LCSW, a Nephrology social worker...

Fluid Overload – Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

Target weight, often referred to as dry weight, has always been challenging for healthcare professionals to measure. This is due to the fluctuation in...