The Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) functions as a professional membership council within the framework of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and networks with other organizations, including the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), state and local governments, and private groups.
CNSW’s purpose is twofold: one, to assist patients and their families in dealing with the psychosocial stresses and lifestyle readjustments and facilitate a treatment program that will maximize rehabilitation potential; two, to support the federal regulations governing ESRD reimbursement in regard to standards for social work practice and in the definition of a qualified social worker.
Members of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers join colleagues from across the United States and abroad to stay informed of important issues facing Nephrology Social Workers. CNSW as an organization helps protect the interests of practitioners and the well-being of patients. Members grow professionally through continuing education programs in addition to affecting changes in kidney health care legislation and public policies.
CNSW offers frequent opportunities for collaboration and networking with colleagues to improve clinical practice and promote career advancement.