12/24/03 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) Symposium to Highlight Political Advocacy

December 24, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Information: Janet D’Alesandro

856-256-2422 • janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

Symposium to Highlight Political Advocacy

ANNA 35th National Symposium

Politics, Passion, and Patient Care

April 15-18, 2004 • Marriott Wardman Park Hotel • Washington, DC

PITMAN, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its 35th National Symposium in Washington, DC, April 15-18, 2004, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Along with a diverse slate of clinical sessions, the conference will explore nurses’ impact in the political arena as both health care providers and patient advocates.


The conference theme, Politics, Passion, and Patient Care reflects nurses’ power to inspire change in national policy and the drive of nephrology nurses who dedicate their careers to improving patients’ quality of life.



Full program information and registration details are provided on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org. Education sessions, which will be taught by nationally recognized experts, are designed to meet the needs of nephrology nurses at all levels and practice settings.



Sessions include such topics as treatment advances for chronic kidney disease, patient safety, nutrition, leadership, mentoring, and much more. The conference also offers the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, network with colleagues, attend special events, and enjoy Washington’s world-famous sights.



Program
Preconference workshops are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15, and will include topics on end-of-life/palliative care, peritoneal dialysis, and uncommon diseases associated with ESRD. ANNA will also present a special 2-day legislative preconference. An April 14 workshop will spotlight legislative initiatives of vital interest to nephrology nurses along with ways to work effectively with local, state, and national policymakers. On April 15, participants will experience a Capitol Hill Day. They will learn effective advocacy skills and visit their Congressional representatives.



The preconferences on April 15 will be followed by the symposium’s Opening Ceremonies hosted by ANNA President Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN. Immediately after, ANNA Legislative Consultant Nancy J. Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN will present the opening session entitled, “Nephrology Nurses: Pioneers Then, Futurists Now.” Ms. Sharp will discuss key legislative issues and honor nurses who have been pioneers of the specialty. The session is sponsored by Church & Dwight Company, Inc.



On Friday, April 16, Sekou Sundiata will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Mr. Sundiata is a poet, musician and renal transplant recipient who performs a one-man play, Blessing the Boats. He will blend poetry and prose in an artistic presentation of his experiences with an illness that changed his life.



Concurrent sessions run from Friday, April 16, to Sunday, April 18. Topics include:

• Pregnancy and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

• Safe dialysis for children

• The National Vascular Access Improvement Initiative

• Enhancing personal strength for professional renewal

• Successful recruitment and retention initiatives

• Promoting patient safety with best practices

• Infection prevention, surveillance, and control


On April 18, there will be two optional postconferences, The Transplant Connection: Current Topics Across the Spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease presented in partnership with the International Transplant Nurses Society; and Recognizing the Impact of Anemia-Related Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease sponsored through an education grant from Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.



Special Events
On April 14, Abbott Laboratories, Renal Care Division, is sponsoring a complimentary Dinner Symposium for all attendees. The dinner will be held from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm and is entitled Treatment Parameters vs. Treatment Goals: Benefits of Vitamin D Therapy. Following the dinner, the Capitol Steps will provide an evening of political spoofing and comedy. The troupe consists of current and former congressional staffers who take a humorous look at serious issues and put a hilarious spin on events in Washington and around the world.


On April 15, American Regent Laboratories, Inc. is hosting a Lunch Symposium from 11:45 am-1:15 pm for preconference workshop participants. The topic will be A Multidisciplinary Approach to Anemia Management: Focus on IV Iron. Later that day, ANNA will sponsor a First-time Attendees and New Members Welcome Discussion.



That evening, ANNA and co-sponsor Amgen will present ANNA’s 35th National Symposium Big Event – Dance Party featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live music. The Fabulous Greaseband, an ANNA symposium favorite, will spark another memorable night of dancing to hits from the ‘50s to the ‘80s.


On Saturday, April 17, Amgen will host the Amgen Breakfast Symposium. The breakfast topic is Morbidity and Mortality in Dialysis Patients: Can Nursing Interventions Help Improve the Quality of Care? Later that day, the annual Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon will honor the accomplishments of ANNA and nephrology nurses throughout the past year. The 2004-05 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, highlighted by the passing of the gavel from current President Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN, to Lesley C. Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, CNP, CNN.


That evening, Genentech, Inc. will sponsor the Genentech Dinner Symposium on Dialysis Dose Protection: The True Imperative in Hemodialysis.


On Sunday, April 18, Watson Pharma, Inc. is sponsoring the Watson Breakfast Symposium on Iron and Anemia Management: Impact on Patient Care.



Continuing Education Information

Up to 21.5 contact hours (CH) of continuing education credit may be earned for the symposium (including corporate-sponsored meal symposia), with additional credits available for the Legislative Workshop/Capitol Hill Day (9.7); the Leadership/Legislative Luncheon (1.5); the preconference workshops with luncheon (6.3); and the postconference workshops (3.3). ANNA is accredited as a provider and approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).



NNCC Certification Exams Offered

The NNCC will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on April 14 from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. 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; or visit the NNCC Web site at www.nncc-exam.org.



Symposium Brochures Available

If you would like to receive a registration brochure for the ANNA 35th National Symposium, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com The complete registration brochure is also available on ANNA’s Web site at www.annanurse.org.

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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.