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

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...

What My Patients Have Taught Me About Thriving

One of my great joys as a physician has been learning from my patients. Patients with kidney disease face varied and unique challenges; some...

KidneyTalk Podcast Shows for Healthcare Professionals

What is a Preemptive Kidney Transplant?

What if you could minimize your time on dialysis, or even avoid it altogether? Do you know that you can have a transplant before...

Thrive on Home Hemodialysis

Most people assume that dialysis is so complex that it should be performed by a trained professional in a clinic or other facility. Dr....

Marijuana Use & Organ Transplants

The big debate over marijuana and organ transplantation is cropping up across the country as cannabis use gains mainstream acceptance, medically and recreationally. How...
Kidney Transplantation-The Patient's Guide

Kidney Transplantation: The Patient’s Guide

Jacki Harris, RN, MSN, CCTC has worked as an RN and a kidney transplant coordinator and nurse for many years. She is now a liver...
Fabry Disease - research - kdineytalk -kidney talk

What Researchers Are Learning about Fabry Disease

Fabry disease is an uncommon illness that can cause kidney failure. It is a genetic disease, and it affects men and women differently. Although...