BONENT 2013 Southeast Regional Seminar

Southeast Regional Seminar

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Orlando, FL

For those dialysis professionals who were fortunate enough to be in Orlando on February 17, they were part of an excellent educational offering. This was the second BONENT Regional Education Seminar in a series of many more seminars in the future. BONENT members and non-members attended from 12 different states and Jamaica.

Here are some attendee comments:

“Best seminar ever!”
“I’m so glad I didn’t miss this even though I had to come all the way from Wisconsin.”
“So relevant to my daily career as a PCT.”
“I need more CEs, so I’ll also come the seminar in Cleveland.”

Thank You to the Committee

The BONENT Continuing Education Programs Committee pulled off another great meeting. Peter Anas, BONENT Executive Director, was heard to say that “this went so smoothly.” RJ Picciano, BONENT President said, “I want to congratulate the Committee for this meeting and thank them for all their hard work.” The members of the Committee she refers to are John Larsen, Doreen Charles, Connie Mears, Karie Records and Sonia Wynne.

Good Speakers & Valuable Topics

The day was full of interesting and enthusiastic speakers with great topics. The hotel was great (it had a large mall attached)! Topics included new innovations in dialysis such as Citrate Dialysis and the HeRO Graft. Other topics on how to make our jobs more successful and rewarding including “Dealing with the Difficult Patient”, “Burnout” and “Managing the Vascular Access: a Surgeons Prospective”.

We would also like to thank the staff of Network 7, The Florida Network, for their assistance including a presentation on “Meeting the Challenge for Compliance with the New Medicare Conditions for Coverage” It made us all realize that we were in a “Brave New World” and were going to have step up our practice.

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Presentations Overview

Bonent Regional Seminar

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Upon completion of this powerful presentation, you’ll be able to identify recent changes in health care policy and advances in clinical and translational research and discuss how these may impact the care of patients with kidney disease; integrate new discoveries in dialysis and non-dialysis chronic kidney disease, transplantation, hypertension and general nephrology to improve clinical practice of patients with kidney disease; and enhance skills of the interdisciplinary team to improve care of patients with kidney disease.
Diana Shelkov, CHT

Bonent Regional Seminar

The HeRO Graft

Learn what is the Hero Graft and when should it be considered.
Leslie Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, CNN, FNP
Former ANNA President and currently Independent Nephrology Nurse Consultant

Bonent Regional Seminar

Management of the Dialysis Access

Assessing Vascular Access 2 and when do you refer to the surgeon.
Brian Haag, MD
Transplant Surgeon/Vascular Access Surgeon, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Bonent Regional Seminar

Citrate Dialysate: Pro’s and Con’s

Learn what Citrate Dialysis is and when it should be used.
Kathleen Kawa, RN, CDN
Director of Clinical Technology, Fresenius Medical Care North America.

Bonent Regional Seminar

Dealing with the Difficult Patient

Learn to identify difficult behaviors and have the proper response ready to calm down the event; share new ideas on old situations that occur during the day in any unit; and explore and explain how to diffuse difficult patients during their dialysis treatment.
Diana Shelkov, CHT

Bonent Regional Seminar


Learn the signs of burnout and how to identify strategies to avoid burnout.
Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW
Patient Services Director, Northwest Renal Network

Bonent Regional Seminar

How do the Conditions for Coverage Impact Those Taking Care of Dialysis Patients?

Learn how the new Conditions for Coverage impact the patient care technician and the staff RN and how to get ready for a CMS survey.
Mary Fenderson MSHSA, RN, CNN