4/9/07 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) News & Events

News

ANNA Releases New Learning Modules on CKD

To support the learning needs of nurses who care for nephrology patients in alternative settings, ANNA has released three new modules in its learning series, Chronic Kidney Disease: What Every Nurse Should Know. The series addresses nursing care needs for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in settings outside of nephrology or dialysis. The new modules cover CKD stages 1 and 2, CKD stages 3 and 4, and the post-transplant patient, and are available for free download in a variety of formats and can also be viewed online. Continuing nursing education (CNE) credit (1.25 contact hours) is available for each new module for a fee of $20 for ANNA members and $30 for nonmembers.

ANNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANNA is a provider approved by the California Board of registered Nursing, provider number CEP 00910.

ANNA Enhances Health Policy Advocacy Materials and Resources

ANNA members, policymakers, and other interested parties may learn more about ANNA’s health policy priorities, the federal budget and appropriations process, and recent advocacy activities with new and revised resources available in the Health Policy section of ANNA’s Web site. Resources include:

  • ANNA Budget and Appropriations Primer, which fully explains the federal funding process and can be used as a guide to better understand ANNA efforts to increase funding for nursing programs and kidney disease research.
  • ANNA Health Policy Toolkit, a new toolkit that provides a complete overview of the public policy process and advocacy efforts, including how to become involved with and support ANNA health policy activities.
  • Legislative Tracking Chart (110th Congress, First Session), a brief overview of proposed bills, including Senate and/or House Bill numbers, sponsors, and current legislative status.
  • Fact Sheets, on such topics as ANNA’s current legislative priorities, the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act of 2007, funding for Nursing Workforce Development programs, and biomedical research funding at the National Institutes of Health.

ANNA Issues Position Statement on Chronic Kidney Disease

ANNA has released a new position statement entitled “Chronic Kidney Disease.” The statement emphasizes the role of nephrology nurses in improving clinical outcomes for persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Health promotion, prevention of complications, and education are nursing strengths that are vitally needed in the management of persons with CKD, and may potentially result in improved quality of life, delayed progression to the initiation of kidney replacement therapy, and reduced costs to the health care system. Click here to read the full text of the position statement.

Nephrology Nursing Journal – Issue Highlights

The March/April 2007 issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal highlights such topics as impact of weekly versus monthly erythropoiesis stimulating protein therapy treatments; managing the higher end of the hemoglobin variability target range; and a case study of chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. This issue also will include abstracts accepted for presentation at ANNA's 38th National Symposium, April 22-25, in Dallas, TX. To view a listing of articles over the past two years, visit www.annanurse.org/journal.  

 

Events

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association 38th Annual National Symposium

April 22-25, 2007

Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas TX

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.

National ESRD Education Week

August 6-10, 2007

ESRD Education Week is an ongoing campaign to educate state and federal lawmakers about end stage renal disease (ESRD), dialysis and the legislative issues facing the renal community. This award-winning initiative has helped to improve care for patients through key legislation. In 2006, ANNA members met with 88 Congressional leaders and/or their aides at facilities in 30 states.

More information about ESRD Education Week and is available on ANNA’s Web site. Also available is ANNA’s “ESRD Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers” which presents the basics of ESRD in lay terms.

National Nephrology Nurses Week

September 9-15, 2007

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 about Nephrology Nurses Week, visit www.annanurse.org/NNW.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians

October 20-22, 2007

Location: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, 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.

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ANNA will advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.