November 30, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet D'Alesandro (856) 256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) News and Events NEWS On-line "Tool Box" Helps Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Prepare for Travel Nurses who treat peritoneal dialysis patients now have a comprehensive guide to help their patients prepare for a trip. The American Nephrology Nurses' Association Peritoneal Dialysis Tool Box is available for free download at www.annanurse.org (go to "Resources" and "Publications"). The guide emphasizes thorough advance planning and includes a travel checklist, questions to ask the PD nurse, packing lists, do's and don'ts, what to do if problems arise, a wallet card, a list of travel resources, and special instructions from the PD nurse and doctor. PD is a self-care option for patients with acute or chronic kidney failure. Patients manage their own dialysis treatment via a permanent, indwelling catheter. The Tool Box was written by Bobbie Knotek, BSN, RN, CNN, CPHQ, and Laurie Biel, BSN, RN, CNN, and was first published in the September-October 2004 issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal. EVENTS - 2005 American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) 36th Annual National Symposium April 18-21, 2005 Location: MGM Grand Hotel; Las Vegas, NV 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: email@example.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org. American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians September 24-26, 2005 Location: Hyatt Regency Crown Center; Kansas City, MO 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.annanurse.org. ### ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.