BONENT's first regional educational seminar was held on Sunday July 15th at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills Resort in the west suburbs of Chicago. "We thank the 125 participants from 16 states and Canada, some of whom drove up to five hours to attend," said Lyle Smith CNN, CPDN, chairman of the event.
Also that weekend, the BONENT exams were administered onsite on Saturday allowing professionals not yet certified, to test for their certification.
Attendees at the seminar
Speaker Lynda Ball
Speaker Shane Simon
Speaker Gail Wick, Conference Chair Lyle Smith and President RJ Picciano
Some Glowing Participant Comments
"I have been working in dialysis for 14 years and still learned things from this conference."
"The best seminar I have ever attended"
"I enjoyed all speakers tremendously!"
"Outstanding to hear a tech speak."
"I loved Diana!"
"Lunch was great!"
"Shane was extremely good and explains things well."
"We need more seminars like this."
"Very good content."
"Consider having this in more regions around the country."
"Everything was very educational."
"Great meeting — when are you going to have one in New York?"
A Diverse Group of Presentations
There was a phenomenal lineup of speakers who kept the audience enthralled throughout the day.
Dori Schatell, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute and author of the new book, "Help, I Need Dialysis" spoke on "Patient Care Technicians-Professionalism and Boundaries".
Diana Shelkov, a well-known and entertaining speaker, including at NANT National symposiums, presented "What's Wrong with This Picture — Find It before CMS Does," as well as "Dealing with the Difficult Patient" presented later in the day.
Lynda Ball, Vascular Access Specialist for Fresenius Medical Care, presented "Access Management: The Art of Making Vascular Accesses Last" and "Troubleshooting the Button-hole Technique."
Gail Wick, a two-time ANNA President, former Vice-President for DaVita and Fresenius and President of Gail Wick Associates, full of energy and information, spoke on "Communicating at Work: Impact on Relationships and Quality of Care".
Nancy Spaeth, CKD patient since 1959, dialysis patient since 1967, and four-time transplant patient, presented on her life with CKD, titled "A Good Life with Kidney Disease".
Shane Simon, National Director of In-Center Nocturnal and Home Therapies for DaVita, presented "In-Center Nocturnal Hemodialysis: One Provider's Experience".
Save the Date for Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Orlando!
The BONENT Mid-West Dialysis Seminar exceeded all expectations and was so successful that BONENT has scheduled their second Regional Seminar for Sunday, February 17 in Orlando FL. Check our BONENT site at www.BONENT.org for further details and future seminars.