12/10/12 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium To Feature Top Speakers, Practice Innovations

Information: Janet D'Alesandro
856-256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

ANNA 44th National Symposium, Rio All Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, NV April 21-24, 2013 • www.annanurse.org

PITMAN, NJ — Nephrology nursing is one of the most sophisticated and challenging nursing specialties practiced today. To provide optimum – and safe – patient care, nurses must continually educate themselves about the latest advances

One of their greatest resources is the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) National Symposium, which will be held April 21-24, 2013, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

"Our goal is to give attendees the best information on evidence-based practice and professional issues available," said ANNA President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN. "I believe they will leave this meeting excited about what they’ve learned."

At the symposium, the nurses will attend sessions taught by leading nephrology experts, network with their colleagues, and enjoy special events. They will also earn continuing nursing education (CNE)  and pharmacology credits and meet with industry representatives in the exhibit hall.

Education sessions are identified by areas of practice including acute care, administration, and hemodialysis to help individuals customize their learning. As in previous years, professional advancement courses are included, as well as sessions on research, advocacy, health policy, and administration.

Nurses, technicians, and other health care providers practicing at every level are expected to attend.

The full program and registration details are available on the ANNA Web site.

Program Highlights

Before concurrent sessions begin on Monday, April 22, there will be a certification review course, certification exams, several preconference workshops, and a two-day Volunteer Leaders Workshop.

The Opening General Session on Sunday, April 21, will be presented by Aila Accad, MSN, RN, author and stress reduction expert. Accad will speak on "Stress Management and Its Impact on Patient Safety." The following day, the meeting’s Plenary Address will be delivered by Thomas Parker, III, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, and Quality Committee Chair for Renal Ventures Management, a leading dialysis service provider. Dr. Parker will explore "Changing the Way We Think, Prescribe, and Deliver Hemodialysis."

An evidence-based practice research study funded by ANNA will be presented on Tuesday, April 23, entitled "Results of the ANNA Research Study and the Evidence-Based Decision-Making Process: Perceptions of Patients and Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes with No Dressing Coverage and Prescribed Showering."

Another session garnering excitement is "Regenerative Medicine: Innovations to Treat Kidney Disease," scheduled for Wednesday, April 24. Thomas Gonwa, MD, FACP, FASN, will discuss what current research holds for patients who may benefit from stem cell therapy vs. replacement therapies.

Concurrent sessions will run from Monday, April 22, to Wednesday, April 24. Speakers will address a broad range of topics including home therapies, acute dialysis, chronic kidney disease, transplantation, and much more.

Symposium Brochures Available

To receive a registration brochure for the Symposium, visit www.annanurse.org or contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; or email anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members.
Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and
positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.