1/11/07 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium to Spotlight Leadership Advocacy


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(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Symposium to Spotlight Leadership Advocacy

ANNA 38th National Symposium

April 22-25, 2007 • Hilton Anatole Hotel • Dallas, TX

PITMAN, NJ – Focusing on advocacy through leadership, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its 38th National Symposium April 22-25, 2007, in Dallas, TX, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

While the symposium aims to ignite nurses’ passion, it also features a diverse slate of education sessions and industry-leading speakers on all aspects of the nephrology nursing specialty.

The full conference program and registration details are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

Education sessions are tailored to the needs of nephrology nurses at all levels and practice settings. Sessions will include such topics as treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD), malnutrition and CKD, immunization practices and transplantation issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education credits, network with colleagues, visit the exhibit hall and attend special events.


There are five preconference workshops on Sunday, April 22. Topics are cardiovascular disease across the lifespan; diabetes and obesity; legal concerns for nurses, staff and patients; and leadership in professional and clinical settings. There is also a certification review course that can be used as a refresher or to help prepare for certification as a Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) or Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN).

After the preconferences, ANNA President JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN, will formally launch the symposium during the evening’s Opening Ceremonies. LeAnn Thieman, CSP, will present the first general session, “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.” Thieman will share nurses’ inspirational stories from her book as well as her own extraordinary experiences.

On Monday, April 23, Connie Curran, MEd, RN, FAAN, will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Dr. Curran, owner of Curran Associates and an experienced and visionary executive in academia and multi-system health care operations, will speak on “Advocacy Through Leadership.”

Concurrent sessions run from Monday, April 23, to Wednesday, April 25. Topics include:

  • Nursing advocacy and understanding malpractice
  • Innovative treatment strategies for CKD
  • Dealing with stress as a nephrology professional
  • Accessibility to transplantation and ethical dilemmas
  • Promoting the health of the older adult
  • Documentation, coding and billing
  • Pediatric issues for ESRD and transplant patients
  • Pharmacology update
  • Establishing a CKD clinic

On Wednesday, April 25, there will be an optional postconference session, “From Head to Toe: Neurology You Need to Know When Caring for CKD Patients.” Judith Ann Stilker, BSN, RN, CNRN, a neurology nurse and vice president of clinical development for the National Stroke Association, will discuss the risk of central and peripheral neuropathic disorders in the CKD patient.

Special Events

On Saturday, April 21, Roche will sponsor a Dinner Symposium at 6 p.m. on “Standards: The Basis of Care to Manage the Patient with Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Leading to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).” Following that event, Abbott Laboratories is sponsoring the First Night Mixer, a relaxing evening featuring refreshments and networking.

Abbott is also sponsoring a Lunch Symposium on Sunday, April 22, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. for preconference workshop participants. Later that day, ANNA will sponsor a First-time Attendees and New Members Welcome Discussion. In the evening, ANNA will present ANNA’s Big Event, a night of music and dancing for all symposium registrants.

On Monday, April 23, Genzyme will sponsor a Dinner Symposium on “The Benefits of Effective Bone and Mineral Metabolism Management in ESRD.” The next morning, Amgen will host a Breakfast Symposium from 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Also on Tuesday, April 24, ANNA will continue its tradition of honoring the accomplishments of ANNA and nephrology nurses during the past year at the Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon. The 2007-08 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, special awards will be presented, and President Gilmore will pass ANNA’s “Vision Crystal” to incoming President Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN. That evening, Shire will sponsor a Dinner Symposium at 6:15 p.m. On Wednesday, April 25, Watson Pharma, Inc. will sponsor a Breakfast Symposium from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Continuing Education Information

Over 19.5 continuing education credits* may be earned for the symposium (including corporate-sponsored meal symposia and networking sessions), with additional credits available for the preconference and postconference workshops. Advanced practice nurses may earn pharmacology credit that can be applied toward pharmacology credit requirements.

ANNA is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA). (*Note: contact hours for the symposium are based on ANCC’s 60-minute contact hour effective January 1, 2007.)

NNCC Certification Exam Offered

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on April 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Separate registration fees and forms are required for each exam. For more information and applications, call the NNCC National Office toll free at 888-884-6622 or 856-256-2321. Applications may be downloaded online from NNCC’s Web site, www.nncc-exam.org.

Symposium Brochures Available

To receive a registration brochure for the ANNA 38th National Symposium, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com. The complete registration brochure is also available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease processes requiring replacement therapies

through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.