2/19/02 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association National Symposium Presents Latest Clinical Advances, Urgent Issues Facing Nephrology Nurses

February 19, 2002

Contact: Janet Perrella-D'Alesandro

(856) 256-2422 janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses' Association National Symposium Presents Latest Clinical Advances, Urgent Issues Facing Nephrology Nurses

PITMAN, NJ -- The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) has designed a 2002 National Symposium that weaves together advances in clinical practice, the challenges facing the nursing profession today, and the crucial health care issues that have emerged in a changing world.

The 33rd Annual Symposium will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida, May 23-26, 2002. The program is designed for nephrology nurses practicing in all areas concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of renal disease. This year's symposium features an outstanding and comprehensive slate of courses, including sessions on pain management, ethics, organ donation, bioterrorism and much more.

The conference also offers the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, network with colleagues, attend special events, and enjoy the delights of Disney World.

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, one of America's foremost experts on the nursing shortage, will present the keynote speech "Sharing Vision and Values: How Workforce Issues Affect Patient Outcomes" on Friday, May 24. Dr. Buerhaus will identify the effects of staffing shortages on outcomes, explain how current research relates to nephrology nurses, and present strategies for the future.

Conference Goals

In keeping with the conference theme "Sharing Vision and Values," the goals for the meeting are to:

  • Promote the contribution of each nephrology nurse in achieving ANNA's vision of evidence-based practice.
  • Form professional and personal alliances that support nephrology patient care across specialties, regions, and nations.
  • Provide an environment that celebrates the excellence and excitement of nephrology nursing.


The symposium offers topics that span nephrology nursing practice. Preconference workshops on Thursday, May 23 include the following five tracks: "Challenges of Cardiovascular Disease in CKD," "Economics and Regulations," "Recruiting, Renewing, and Retaining," "The Challenges and Ethical Issues Surrounding End-of-Life Decision Making and Care," and "Symptom Management: Use of Research Findings in Practice."

Also that day, Linda Lee Schickedanz, MSN, RN, CNS, OCN, will present a general session on "Sharing Laughter: Using Humor on the Job." She will explore the use of humor for therapeutic means and as a coping mechanism.

  • Concurrent sessions run from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26. Topics include:
  • The value of exercise for transplant candidates and recipients
  • Nutrition guidelines and the pediatric patient
  • Potential risks of herbal therapies for patients with renal disease
  • Energy-based therapy and "The Healing Touch" program
  • Protecting nurses and patients from bioterrorism (disaster planning, potential pathogens)
  • Ethical challenges of organ donation
  • Optimizing iron therapy in the ESRD patient
  • Legislative issues (federal initiatives that will ultimately affect nephrology nursing)
  • Management of chronic pain
  • CKD: pathophysiology, stages, and strategies
  • Acute renal emergencies in the elderly

Special Events

On Wednesday, May 22, Abbott Laboratories, Renal Care Division, is sponsoring a complimentary Dinner Symposium for all attendees. The dinner will be held from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm and is entitled "From Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD): A Vision of Care for the Future."

On Thursday, May 23, American Regent Laboratories, Inc. is hosting a Lunch Symposium from 11:30 am-1:00 pm for preconference workshop participants. The topic will be "Managing IV Iron Therapy: A Nursing Perspective." Later that day, from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, ANNA will sponsor a Reception and Discussion for New Members, Non-members, and First-time Attendees.

ANNA will present the 33rd National Symposium Celebration Party from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm on Friday, May 24. Attendees are invited to join friends and colleagues as the Decades of Dance perform a spectacular music show. The entertainment will include Liz Z and Funhouse, stiltwalkers, sensational costumes, and a retrospective of energy-charged dance routines from the '40s to the '90s.

On Saturday, May 25, AMGEN will host the AMGEN Renal Advances Breakfast Symposium from 7:15 am-9:30 am. The breakfast topic is "Nursing Interventions: The Keys to Extending Longevity in Patients with Kidney Disease." Later that day, the annual Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon will honor the accomplishments of ANNA and nephrology nurses throughout the past year. The 2002-2003 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, highlighted by the passing of the gavel from current President Mary Ann Gould, MSN, RN, CNN, to incoming President Gail S. Wick, BSN, RN, CNN.

That evening, the conference will feature the Corporate Dinner Symposia. This event includes: "Minimizing the Inflammatory Process," sponsored by Gambro Renal Products, Inc.; "Taking Control of CKD Beyond the Kidney," sponsored by Ortho Biotech; and "Improving Vascular Access Outcomes Using an Innovative Subcutaneous Access System," sponsored by Vasca, Inc.

On Sunday, May 26, Watson Pharmaceutical, Inc. is sponsoring a Breakfast Symposium on "Caring for the ESRD Patient: Optimizing Iron Therapy." Later that day, there will be an Optional Postconference Session sponsored by Ortho Biotech. The session, "HIV/AIDS and HIV Nephrology: State of the Science" was developed in collaboration with the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)

Continuing Education Information

Up to 29 contact hours (CH) of continuing education credit may be earned over the full 4 days of the symposium. The following is a breakdown of possible contact hours:

  • The 33rd National Symposium: 14.9 CH (Friday, 5.7; Saturday, 5.3, Sunday, 3.9)
  • Complimentary Dinner Symposium: 1.5 CH
  • Preconference and Luncheon: 7.8 CH
  • Corporate Symposia: 1.5 CH
  • Postconference: 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 Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Examination on Wednesday, May 22, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. A separate registration fee and registration form 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 33rd 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.