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.

Annual Essay Contest

Now in its 20th year, the Annual Essay Contest is 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

World Social Worker’s Day

World Social Worker’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Tuesday of March. This special day recognizes the dedication and caring of all social...

Nurse Judy, 19th Annual Essay Contest

Nurse Judy loves me and my mom, but we are not related to her. We did not know her until my kidney problem became...

The Day My Life Got Interesting, 19th Annual Essay Contest

“Is your blood pressure always this high?” asked Dr. Craven. Every day since turning 35, headaches followed me to bed. There was no need for...

You Saved My Life, and For That I Am Grateful, 19th Annual Essay Contest

I was born and raised in the small town of Blythe, California. In recent years my life forever changed as I was sadly diagnosed...

Hope, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

To answer the question, “Who is your Healthcare Hero,” I had to take a sobering look at what the word ‘hero’ truly means to...

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

Life as a Home Dialysis Nurse

Home dialysis nurses educate their patients about how to safely do their treatments at home and overcome the barriers and fears associated with taking...

Life as a Dialysis Social Worker

Dialysis social workers are the lifeline to those dealing with the emotional, financial, and transportation demands of kidney disease. Anna Rutherford, MSW, is Senior...

Life as a Patient Care Technician

Thirty years ago, John Larsen entered the dialysis healthcare field and never looked back. As a Patient Care Technician (PCT), John lives on the...

Life as a Nephrologist

When caring for patients over the course of several years, nephrologists often get the opportunity to develop relationships with them. “The experience is a...

Life as a Renal Dietitian

For everyone, food is the number one topic! What to eat? The renal diet is complicated, and it changes throughout the different stages of...