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

Sex, Meds and CKD

I pick up a patient survey and in the section on dialysis side effects, circled several times in red pen with arrows drawn around...

Celebrating Dialysis Technicians

The week of October 14 – 19, 2019 is National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week.  Let’s learn more about the types of dialysis technicians, how...

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....

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

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...

Cleared for a Kidney Transplant

Dr. Rafael Villicana, medical director of kidney transplants at Loma Linda Medical Center, and Lori Hartwell, are both well-acquainted with the kidney transplant process....

Hope for Treating Rare Forms of Kidney Disease

As someone who has had kidney disease since age 2 back in 1968, Lori Hartwell has witnessed many exciting medical breakthroughs throughout her life....

Dialysis Techs: The Front-Line Care

Dialysis technicians serve on the front lines every day. Dwelyn Williams is president of the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists. He had his first...

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...