4/23/09 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) News & Events

News

Audio Conference on New CMS Regulations Just Added to ANNA’s Online Library
ANNA's Online Library now features the Winter 2009 Audio Conference, “Facing the Challenge: Making Sense of the New CMS Regulations.” Presented by Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, and Judith Kari, LMSW, ESRD Technical Advisors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), this program focuses on helping nurses understand the expectations of the revised CMS Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities. Users can access this program in the Online Library. CNE credit is also available for a nominal fee.

Third Module in Series on ‘End-of-Life Decision-Making and the Role of the Nephrology Nurse’ Now Available
ANNA has released the learning module “Cultural Diversity: Different Cultures, Different Solutions,” the third in a series of educational activities designed to provide the nephrology nurse with education and tools to discuss end-of-life issues with patients and their families.

Two other modules are available: “Techniques to Facilitate Discussion for Advanced Care Planning” and “Ethical and Legal Aspects of Advanced Care Planning.” All three modules offer continuing nursing education credit, and are available as both independent studies and for ANNA chapter or group presentation as live activities. The modules are available in the “Resources” section on ANNA’s Web site.

ANNA Members Educate More Than 120 Legislators About ESRD in 2008
ANNA members joined with others in the kidney community to lead a successful “Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week” in 2008. The campaign (previously “ESRD Education Week”) provides an opportunity for legislators and their staff to learn about renal disease and issues affecting the renal community.

The lawmakers met with nephrology nurses at local dialysis units, transplant centers and chronic kidney disease clinics in their districts. Nurses described daily operations, the roles of nurses and other health care providers, ESRD and other kidney-related risks and treatments. The designated week was August 11-15, 2008, however, lawmakers are invited for educational visits throughout the year. As a result, more than 120 facility tours and meetings took place between ANNA members and legislators in over 30 states in 2008.

In 2009, Kidney Disease and Awareness Week will be held August 10-14 (the dates coincide with Congress’ summer recess). More information is available in the Health Policy section of ANNA’s Web site.

Events

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association 40th Annual National Symposium
April 26-29, 2009
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront 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. More information is available at www.annanurse.org.

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 host facility visits during this week to educate lawmakers and/or their aides about renal disease and issues affecting the renal community. The visits put a face to the renal community and facilitate an increased understanding of how legislators’ Congressional votes on health care legislation affect nurses and patients. More information about KDAE Week, including the End Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book, is available in the Health Policy section of 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 Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses
Date: October 9-11, 2009
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 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. Making the Transition as a New APN into Nephrology Practice will explore the roles and responsibilities of the advanced practice nurse in nephrology. This session is designed for the advanced practice nurse who is new to nephrology and is a great refresher for those who have been practicing in the specialty. The New RN to Nephrology Practice is designed for nurses new to nephrology nursing and will provide an overview of chronic kidney disease and caring for patients with kidney disease.  

Fall 2009 Audio Conference
November 10, 2009 (6:30 p.m. ET)
November 17, 2009 (6:30 p.m. PT)
Title & Speakers: Details to come.
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

Winter 2010 Audio Conference
February 2, 2010 (6:30 p.m. ET)
February 9, 2010 (6:30 p.m. PT)
Title & Speakers: Details to come.  
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

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