March 19, 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet DAlesandro, (856) 256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses Association Convenes National Summit on Nephrology Nursing Shortage Pitman, NJ The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) sponsored an invitational summit on Americas shortage of nephrology nurses on March 14-15, 2003 in Baltimore, MD. The summit was a call to action for members of the renal community who examined the issues surrounding the shortage, discussed creative solutions, and developed a prioritized plan to attract and retain qualified RNs to nephrology nursing. The event was part of a multi-phased project by ANNA to address the nations shortage of nurses in general and nephrology nurses in particular. The summit was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and was supported in part through an unrestricted education grant from Amgen. Participants included nurses, representatives from ANNA and other health care organizations; key leaders from dialysis service providers; end stage renal disease (ESRD) organizations; kidney patient groups; government officials; and special guests. The summit was the third phase in ANNAs wide-ranging effort to address the countrys worsening RN shortage. The association began the project in 2001 by creating the ANNA Ad Hoc Committee on Recruitment and Retention. The committee was assigned to review available data on the shortage. The second phase was a survey of staff nurses in chronic, freestanding hemodialysis units. Results of the survey were presented at the summit by Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, PhD, RN, CNN, who worked as ANNAs Professional Practice Consultant for the survey. When the summit action plan has been completed, ANNA will launch an ongoing project to disseminate the information, said Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, CHE, summit director. For more information on the summit, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone (856) 256-2320; fax (856) 589-7463; e-mail email@example.com. ### 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.