2/3/14 - Nurses to Network, Learn Latest Breakthroughs at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

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

ANNA National Symposium
Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
April 13-16, 2014 • www.annanurse.org

PITMAN, NJ – Elevating nephrology nursing practice and sharing the latest evidence-based knowledge are among the goals of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) National Symposium, which will be held April 13-16, 2014, at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The meeting is designed for nurses and other health care professionals who care for nephrology patients in many different settings. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of sessions taught by the industry’s premier experts on such topics as dialysis, obesity management, hypertension, and infection prevention.

In addition to the education sessions, nurses will also network, enjoy special events, earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits, and meet with industry representatives in the exhibit hall.

There are 10 session “Keys” that help the nurses hone in on the types of courses they want to concentrate on, for example acute care, advanced practice, and chronic kidney disease. ANNA also offers sessions designed to help nurses advance professionally in the areas of research, advocacy, health policy and administration.

The full program and registration details are available on the symposium website, annasymposium.org.

Program Highlights
A 2-day Volunteer Leaders Workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, during the preconference portion of the symposium. Additional preconference offerings on Sunday include a certification review course and sessions on home modalities, evidence-based practice, acute care trends, anaphylaxis, and pain management. There are choices for both half day and full day preconference workshops so attendees can incorporate other activities into their free time.

The symposium officially opens later on Sunday with the Opening General Session. ANNA Past-President Gail Wick, MHSA, BSN, RN, CNN, will discuss “Nephrology Nursing: Highlighting the Past, Positioning for the Future.”

The following day, Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN, will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Plenary Session, “Clinical Wisdom and Interventions: The Skilled Know-How of Caring for Patients.” Dr. Benner, who is Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Francisco, CA, is a renowned author and nursing theorist who revolutionized nursing practice when she introduced the "From Novice to Expert" conceptual framework.

Specialty practice sessions and concurrent sessions round out the rest of the day Monday, capped by the ANNA 45th National Symposium Celebration Event, a dance party free for all registrants.

Concurrent sessions will run April 15-16 (Tuesday and Wednesday). Key topics include:

  • Managing heart failure
  • Sugar and obesity
  • ESCO (ESRD Seamless Care Organizations) model
  • Cardiac stunning
  • Sex, drugs and transplant
  • Pulmonary hypertension

An optional postconference workshop, “Drug Potpourri: Issues in Drug Management for Persons with CKD,” will be presented by Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS, and will be the final symposium offering.

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.

ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.