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

Read: Clinical Journal Patient Perspectives

A collection of patient perspective articles written for clinical journals by Lori Hartwell and other RSN members.

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.

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.

Annual Essay Contest

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

Shaping the Future of Kidney Care

The RSN Renal Teen Prom has been a labor of love for me and countless volunteers, as we recently hosted our 25th prom. Over...

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care

For patients with chronic kidney disease, transitions of care can be challenging, stressful times. Some transitions of care and changes of providers are inevitable,...

Unlocking Hope: Exploring Kidney Donor Vouchers and Innovative Strategies for Finding a Donor

I would like to share an amazing program called the donor voucher program. Are you familiar with it? This paired exchange program offers an...

Revolutionizing Treatment: Innovations in Kidney Care

Picture this: a future where kidney diseases are no longer a dreaded problem, where treatments are not just effective but also revolutionized to improve...

Seeds of Hope: How the Renal Support Network Came to Fruition 30 Years Ago

Renal Support Network started as a seed that began to grow in the brain of a very ill little 2-year-old. Her name was Lori....

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

Access to Innovation in Dialysis care has its Ups and Downs

Barriers to innovation for people who are on dialysis is a hot issue. While Medicare is a great source of comfort and provides access...

Clinical Quality – How CMS Measures Quality Care for People on Dialysis

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements quality initiatives for Medicare beneficiaries on dialysis. CMS uses these measures to see how the dialysis...

Beyond the Scratch: Exploring Pruritus

People who have kidney disease often complain about itching. This can be a medical condition called Pruritus. Some people have a such a severe...

Living Donor Circle of Excellence

Deciding to be a living kidney donor comes with considerations like job stability and earning a paycheck, yet they shouldn’t be obstacles. Dr. John...

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...
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