1/26/10 - From Caring to Technology, American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium to Educate Providers on Specialty's Advances

Information: Janet D'Alesandro
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From Caring to Technology, American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium to Educate Providers on Specialty’s Advances

ANNA 41st National Symposium
Grand Hyatt San Antonio & Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
May 2-5, 2010 • http://www.annanurse.org

PITMAN, NJ – Blending a culture of caring with today’s advanced technologies will be the focus of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association’s (ANNA) 41st National Symposium, May 2-5, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio & Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

The symposium is a key event for nephrology nurses because they provide sophisticated and specialized care for kidney disease patients. A broad slate of education sessions by top experts will keep them informed on the newest treatments and innovations in such areas as transplant, acute care, administration and health care policy.

Nurses and other health care providers practicing at every level are expected to attend. They will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, network with colleagues, meet with exhibitors and industry representatives and attend social events.

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

On Sunday, May 2, there will be four preconference workshops. Topics will include cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease; recognizing and treating co-morbidities; and health policy changes surrounding Medicare and health care reform. 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 Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP, will celebrate ANNA’s accomplishments and the achievements of its members at the official Opening Ceremonies. Next on tap will be journalist, writer and inspirational speaker Anne Ryder, who will explore how to provide care compassionately while juggling the demands of a complex world during her session, “Caring in the Age of Technology.”

On Monday, May 3, Rozzano Locsin, PhD, RN, FAAN, author and John Wymer Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Locsin will discuss how nurses can provide expert care based on formalized models in his presentation, “Preserving Humanity: Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing.”

Concurrent sessions run from Monday, May 3, to Wednesday, May 5. Topics include:

  • Infectious diseases in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients
  • The patient-nurse partnership
  • Hemodialysis and disaster preparedness
  • Managing cultural diversity in a dialysis facility
  • Dialysis-related symptoms reported by patients
  • Generic immunosuppressants: risk for transplant patients
  • Innovations in acute care technologies and therapies
  • Encouraging graduate nurses to choose nephrology

Special Events
Attendees will enjoy networking and refreshments during several sponsored dinners, luncheons and mixers. ANNA will also host its annual “Big Event Dance Party” on Monday, May 3, free for all registrants.

At the Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, May 4, the 2010-2011 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, special awards will be presented, and President Bednarski will pass ANNA’s “Vision Crystal” to incoming President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN.

Continuing Education Information
Up to 19.75 contact hours may be earned for the symposium (including corporate-sponsored meal symposia), with additional credits available for the preconference and postconference workshops. Advanced practice nurses may earn up to 165 minutes of pharmacology credit with additional credit from corporate-sponsored meal symposia.

ANNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Green Conference
ANNA is an eco-friendly organization. Presentation materials for education courses are posted in ANNA’'s Online Library at www.prolibraries.com/ANNA approximately four weeks before the event for attendees to download. After the conference, all recorded sessions are available through the library for one year at no charge for participants. In addition, evaluations of the conference and individual speakers can be completed online.

NNCC Certification Exam Offered
The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Examination, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Saturday, May 1, 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, http://www.nncc-exam.org.

Symposium Brochures Available
To receive a registration brochure for the ANNA 41st National Symposium, visit the association’s Web site, 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; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members.Its mission is promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.