10/22/08 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA)
News & Events

News

ANNA Hosts Successful Fall Meeting in Chicago
With more than 600 attendees and a full exhibit hall, ANNA's 2008 Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses was a great success. Held September 27-29, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL, the meeting was packed with educational programs, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and corporate-sponsored events.

Education sessions included such hot topics as diabetes management, islet cell transplantation and infectious diseases, as well as transcultural issues, mental illness in chronic kidney disease, pulmonary hypertension, legal issues and conflict resolution. Sonya Hardin, PhD, RN, CCRN, opened the conference on Saturday, September 27 with the session, “Empowerment Through Caring and Self-Advocacy.” Dr. Hardin discussed how to create a nurturing environment that empowers patients, staff and caregivers.

For those unable to attend the 2008 Fall Meeting, access to the meeting presentations is available in ANNA’s Online Library. Those interested may purchase access to individual sessions, the preconference workshops, or the entire symposium in ANNA’s Online Library at www.prolibraries.com/anna.

ANNA Publishes New Edition of Scope and Standards for Advanced Practice in Nephrology Nursing
To help advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) improve patient care delivery and optimize outcomes for renal patients, ANNA has released the 2008 edition of the Scope and Standards of Advanced Practice in Nephrology Nursing. This valuable resource also serves as a reference for nurses, physicians, and the nephrology community at large regarding the role of advanced practice nurses in nephrology. The Scope and Standards is $15, with an ANNA member-discounted price of $10. The new edition is available for purchase in ANNA’s Online Store.

Learning Modules on Research and Evidence-Based Practice Now Available
ANNA's Research Committee has developed a series of learning modules designed to empower nephrology nurses with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to employ evidence-based practice. The learning modules have been formatted both as independent studies (for participants to complete on their own for CNE credit) and as live repeat programs (for chapters or groups to present as live educational offerings).

Five learning modules are available: (1) Quick and Easy Access to Information - Evidence-Based Practice, (2) How to Do a Literature Review, (3) Evidence-Based Practice for Nephrology Nurses, (4) How to Turn a Problem into a Research Project, and (5) Qualitative Research: Methods and Evaluation. Each module offers 1.0 contact hours. The modules can be accessed on ANNA’s Web site.

Events

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association 40th Annual National Symposium
Date: April 26-29, 2009
Location: Hilton San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org.

Michelle Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE, will present the Opening General Session, “Building Bridges Between Generations” on Sunday, April 26. She will discuss the characteristics of the different generations, examining what is of value and importance to traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y, and how these values can sometimes cause conflict. Attendees will learn what motivates individuals from each generation and how they react to different situations.

Retired Navy Captain Gerald (Jerry) Coffee will present the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address on Monday, April 27. Captain Coffee was shot down while flying combat missions over North Vietnam. Much of his seven years, nine days as a prisoner of war (POW) was spent in solitary confinement in the famed Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. In his session, “Beyond Survival,” Captain Coffee draws not only from insights derived from the prison experience, but also from the perspective of his unique experiences since then. He will focus upon leadership under stress, change and uncertainty, teamwork and loyalty to the organization, and communication – all important issues that have great resonance with anyone working in the health care industry.

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week
August 10-14, 2009

This award-winning campaign has helped improve care for renal patients through key legislation. ANNA members use this week to educate lawmakers and/or their aides about renal disease and issues affecting the renal community and patient care. More information about the campaign is available on ANNA’s Web site.

National Nephrology Nurses Week
September 13-19, 2009

ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as “National Nephrology Nurses Week.” Employers and others may take this opportunity to recognize and reward nephrology nurses for their work and dedication. Nephrology Nurses Week is also meant to spark interest in other nurses to discover the many career opportunities available in this exciting specialty. For more information, visit www.annanurse.org/NNW.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians
Date: October 9-11, 2009
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org.

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