4/27/05 - Updated 'Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice' Helps Nephrology Nurses Reinforce Clinical Knowledge

April 27, 2005

Contact: Linda Alexander

856-256-2300, ext. 2411 • linda@ajj.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Updated ‘Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice’

Helps Nephrology Nurses Reinforce Clinical Knowledge




Expanded Book from American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

Reflects Changes in Evolving Profession



Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has updated its Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice and Guidelines for Care to reflect changes and advances in nephrology nursing clinical practice. The expanded edition, updated from the 1999 version, includes new sections on chronic kidney disease (CKD), rehabilitation, home dialysis, self-management, sleep, and palliative care. In addition, the book contains guidelines for care related to CKD, infection control, peritoneal dialysis, apheresis and therapeutic plasma exchange, and continuous renal replacement therapy.



The 136-page book, updated by editors Sally Burrows-Hudson, MS, RN, CNN, and Barbara F. Prowant, MS, RN, CNN, features a new format in which each patient outcome goal is followed by a nursing assessment, intervention, and patient education section. Nephrology health care providers can use the new Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice to:



•         Guide quality improvement initiatives

•         Develop role descriptions

•         Prepare or update policies and procedures

•         Design patient education programs and materials

•         Plan staff education programs

•         Construct outcome evaluation tools

•         Direct clinical research



Based on recommendations from the updated National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative, the Renal Physicians Association, and the expertise of 58 leading nephrology nursing practitioners, Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice is ideal for nurses and health care providers who care for patients with chronic kidney disease. The new edition also for the first time incorporates advanced practice nursing in each section. The book serves as an excellent resource for dialysis facilities, hospital units, offices, corporations, libraries, regulatory agents, and policy makers.



“With regulation changes and advances in the practice of nephrology and the nursing environment, we knew it was an appropriate time to update our Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice and Guidelines for Care,” said ANNA president Lesley Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN. “The nephrology nursing specialty has become highly focused toward evidence-based practice, and this book presents the updated standards in an easy-to-use guide.”



Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice is $40 for ANNA members and $60 for nonmembers. To order, visit ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org, or contact ANNA at East Holly Ave/Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071; phone 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.

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ANNA is a professional nursing association with 11,900 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship and excellence.