April 15, 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet DAlesandro, (856) 256-2422; email@example.com Disaster Planning, Bioterrorism Threat to be Explored at American Nephrology Nurses Association Symposium April 25-28, 2003 Chicago, IL PITMAN, NJ - Recognizing that health care facilities across the country are focusing on disaster and bioterrorism readiness, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) is offering a 1-day preconference on April 25 in Chicago on Preparing for Natural and Man-Made Disasters. The preconference is one of many education sessions that will be featured at the ANNA National Symposium, April 25-28, 2003, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. (Full program and registration information are available at www.annanurse.org; ANNA phone 1-888-600-2662.) At the disaster planning preconference, speaker Daniel F. Brown, MBA, Senior Operations Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Chicago, IL, will be discussing FEMAs role in disaster response and recovery. In addition, Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, Senior Policy Fellow, American Nurses Association, Washington, DC, will explore the emerging bioterrorism threats in the United States. General Sessions As in other years, the ANNA National Symposium features a diverse slate of sessions that will meet the needs of nephrology nurses at all levels. It is an ideal education event for nephrology nurses practicing in all arenas who seek to advance quality patient care. On Saturday, April 26, Brigadier General Barbara C. Brannon, MSN, RN, will deliver the Keynote Address. She will explore key nursing issues and discuss how leadership principles can be applied to the accelerating challenges faced by todays nurses. On April 27, Marcia Phillips, DNSc, RN, Coordinator, Section of Genetics, Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, IL, will discuss the role of genetics in kidney disease. Other sessions include such topics as transplants in patients with HIV; sexual dysfunction in kidney disease patients; anger management, and an update on care for the patient with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ### 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.