If it were not for the willingness of nephrology nurses to meet patients where they are—to educate people day in and day out about how to manage their own care, to approach complex challenges with thoughtfulness and creativity—our kidney care teams would not succeed.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) seeks nominations for the annual election of the ASN Council, the society's governing board. Qualified candidates should have the vision, experience, and expertise to guide the society in leading the fight against kidney diseases.
Kidney research and treatment is undergoing tremendous, positive change. Part of that change is propelled by the cutting-edge work funded by KidneyCure. Over 24 years, ASN, and now KidneyCure, has awarded over $53 million to advance kidney health by funding studies of excellence. The researchers performing this work have propelled a sea change of advances that are helping create a world without kidney diseases.
Nearly 50% of US nephrologists are international medical graduates. Their contributions improve the U.S. health system and the care of people with kidney diseases.
ASN firmly supports the dismantling of barriers that prevent foreign-trained doctors, nurses, and other health professionals from securing the stable immigration status and providing care to the millions of Americans who desperately need it.
Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, ASN President highlights the important role that international medical graduates (IMGs) play in the nation’s health care workforce and fight against COVID-19 in a recent opinion piece for The Hill. Reflecting on his personal journey from growing up in India to now serving as executive vice dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and director of the Division of Nephrology, Dr. Agarwal calls for Congress to pass the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act and make it easier for IMGs to practice in the United States. This legislation will bolster the nation’s health workforce in its fight against COVID-19 by removing barriers that prevent immigrant doctors and nurses from securing the stable immigration status.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) stands with members of the LGBTQ+ community to continue to work to improve diversity, inclusiveness, and equity for members, patients, and the kidney community at large.
On Monday, June 15, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, extending workplace protections to millions across the nation. While this is a wonderful victory for the LGBTQ community, steps backward in other areas continue to undermine LGBTQ equality.
Washington, DC (June 1, 2020)—The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud of its efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among kidney health professionals. This commitment is hollow, however, if ASN fails to oppose racism. ASN strongly supports and will advance efforts to achieve equality to reduce the adverse impact of racism, especially on health and in health care.
Responding to requests from members and building on long-time policy priorities, ASN recently made significant progress in addressing concerns about federal policy related to graduates of international medical schools. These efforts, reported on April 10, are designed to allow international medical graduates (IMGs) more flexibility to work in health care settings with the greatest need during this public health emergency (PHE) and not solely on the site associated with their H-1B and J-1 visas, and provide expedited access to permanent residence status.
Those who work in nephrology, or receive kidney care, understand that excellence of care depends directly upon the professionals who chose to become nephrology nurses.
The stories below reflect the tremendous scope and enduring challenges of this calling. These stories range from pediatrics to end-of-life care, chronic to acute care, dialysis to transplant to patient and professional education.