2/2/09 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA)
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News

ANNA’s Online Library Expands to Include Learning Modules on End-of-Life Planning and Chronic Kidney Disease
ANNA has added learning modules in two popular educational series (developed by the association) to its Online Library. CNE credit is also available for each program for a nominal fee.

The first module in ANNA's series on “End-of-Life Decision-Making and the Role of the Nephrology Nurse” is available as an independent study in ANNA's Online Library. The series provides nephrology nurses with education and tools to discuss end-of-life issues with patients and their families. This first module aids nurses in developing skills and initiating discussions with patients regarding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and advanced care planning. To access this program in ANNA’s Online Library, visit www.prolibraries.com/anna and click on “End-of-Life Modules” under Other CNE Opportunities.

Five modules in the series “Chronic Kidney Disease: What Every Nurse Should Know” are also available in ANNA's Online Library. This series is designed to support the learning needs of nurses who care for nephrology patients in alternative settings. The following modules are available:

  • Module 1: Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease - Hemodialysis in the Long Term Care Setting
  • Module 2: Stage 3 & 4 Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Module 3: Stage 1 & 2 Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Module 6: Chronic Kidney Disease - The Post Transplant Patient
  • Module 7: Chronic Kidney Disease: Nursing Guidelines for Patient Education

To access these programs in ANNA’s Online Library, visit www.prolibraries.com/anna and click on “CKD Modules” under Other CNE Opportunities.

Preview of January-February Issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal
The January-February 2009 issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal will include the following articles and educational supplements:

  • Factors Affecting Quality of Life in Persons on Hemodialysis
  • Exploring the Symptom of Fatigue in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease
  • Patients' Experiences with Learning a Complex Medical Device for the Self-Administration of Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis
  • Consequences of Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral and Bone Disorder: A Progressive Disease

More information about Nephrology Nursing Journal is available on the Journal Web site.

ANNA Membership Soars with Membership Campaign
To continue growing its membership, ANNA is once again holding its "Free for Three" membership campaign during the 2009 calendar year. Every ANNA member who recruits three new members between January 1 and December 31, 2009, will receive a one-year ANNA membership for free. In 2008, ANNA members recruited 1,047 new members through the campaign, bringing ANNA's total membership to 11,804. Learn more about the "Free for 3" campaign on ANNA’s Web site.

Events

Winter 2009 Audio Conference
February 3, 2009 (6:30 p.m. ET)
February 10, 2009 (6:30 p.m. PT)
Title: “Facing the Challenge: Making Sense of the New CMS Regulations”
Speakers: Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, and Judith Kari, LMSW, ESRD Technical Advisors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
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 40th Annual National Symposium
April 26-29, 2009
Location: Hilton San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
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.

The meeting, planned around the theme of Mentoring Generations Today for Tomorrow’s Leaders, will feature an exciting and education-packed program with optional preconference workshops, concurrent sessions on a wide variety of topics, Special Interest Group networking sessions, corporate symposia and an optional postconference workshop. Online registration is available on ANNA’s Web site.

On Sunday, April 26, Michelle Deck, Med, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE, will present the Opening General Session, “Building Bridges Between Generations” and discuss the characteristics of different generations, how these values can sometimes cause conflict, and what motivates individuals from each generation.

Retired Navy Captain Gerald (Jerry) Coffee will present the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address on Monday, April 27. Captain Coffee was shot down while flying combat missions over North Vietnam. Much of his seven years, nine days as a prisoner of war (POW) was spent in solitary confinement in the famed Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. In his session, “Beyond Survival,” Captain Coffee will focus upon leadership under stress, change and uncertainty, teamwork and loyalty to the organization, and communication.

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week
August 10-14, 2009
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 KDAE Week is available on ANNA’s Web site.

National Nephrology Nurses Week
September 13-19, 2009
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
Date: October 9-11, 2009
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
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.
New for 2009: Two all-day preconference workshops will be offered on Friday, October 9, 2009. One session will explore the roles and responsibilities of the advanced practice nurse in nephrology nursing. The other session is designed for nurses new to nephrology nursing and will provide an overview of chronic kidney disease and caring for renal patients.

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ANNA's mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.