1/17/08 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) News & Events

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ANNA Releases Second Module in Series on End-of-Life Decision-Making and the Role of the Nephrology Nurse
To help nephrology nurses understand and discuss ethical and legal issues surrounding end-of-life (EOL) decision-making, ANNA has released the learning module Ethical and Legal Aspects of Advanced Care Planning, available for free download on ANNA’s Web site.

This is the second module in the series “End-of-Life Decision Making and the Role of the Nephrology Nurse,” designed to provide the nephrology nurse with education and tools to discuss end-of-life issues with patients and their families.

ANNA has already released the first module Techniques to Facilitate Discussion for Advanced Care Planning (ACP) and plans to release other modules on such topics as:

  • Cultural diversity in EOL decision-making
  • How to break bad news to patients
  • Advanced skills and techniques for discussing advanced care planning with patients

ANNA Campaign Educates Legislators About ESRD
ANNA led another successful campaign in 2007 to teach lawmakers across the country about end stage renal disease (ESRD).

For the fifth year, ANNA’ hosted “ESRD Education Week” with legislators and their staff members visiting local dialysis units, transplant centers and chronic kidney disease clinics in their districts. While the designated week was August 6-10, 2007, ANNA invited lawmakers for educational visits throughout the year. As a result, there were 153 personal meetings between the nurses and legislative groups in 2007.

During the tours, the nurses described daily operations, the roles of nurses and other health care providers, ESRD and other kidney-related risks and treatments. Nurses also provided an ESRD briefing book and information about patients and facilities in each district.

For 2008, ANNA changed the name of the campaign to “Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week.” The designated week is August 11-15, 2008*, but lawmakers will again be welcomed to facilities throughout the year. More information is available in the Health Policy section of ANNA’s Web site.

Events

Winter 2008 Audio Conference
February 5, 2008 (Northeast, Southeast, and North Central Regions)
February 12, 2008 (Western Region)
Title: “Taking the Mystery out of Continuous Renal Replacement”
Speakers: Helen Williams, BSN, RN, CNN, and Maureen Craig, MSN, RN, CNN, CCNS
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

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association 39th Annual National Symposium
April 27-30, 2008
Location: Philadelphia Marriott and PA Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
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.

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week
August 11-15, 2008*
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 14-20, 2008
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
September 27-29, 2008
Location: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
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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ANNA will advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.

*The dates for Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week 2008 have been changed to coincide with Congress’ summer recess.