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Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
PITMAN, NJ – Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, of Southgate, MI, became the newest president of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) during the 45th National Symposium held recently in Anaheim, CA.
Longton, one of ANNA’s most respected leaders and advocates, was inducted during the annual Nephrology Nurse Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 14, at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. She was welcomed into her new role by outgoing President Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, and a group of ANNA leaders, volunteers, and members during the formal awards ceremony.
During her address, Longton encouraged nurses to move out of their comfort zone and take risks to inspire change. Her goals this year include promoting a culture of safety for both patients and nurses, creating virtual chapters for ANNA members, high-profile lobbying in Washington, DC, for health policy changes, and increased efforts to support multistate licensure for nurses.
As president, Longton will lead one of the country’s largest nursing associations. During her 1-year term, she will serve on the ANNA National Board of Directors and as liaison to assigned committees. She will helm the association as it implements its strategic plan, which includes promoting excellence in nephrology health care, as well as providing a broad range of services to ANNA’s 10,000 members.
Longton is a data manager/transplant coordinator at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI. She has been a nephrology nurse for more than 24 years, working in a wide variety of nephrology-related roles, from staff nurse to education to management.
She has served ANNA in many capacities including National Secretary, ANNA Resource Corps Advisor, Conferences Committee Chair, Awards & Scholarships Committee Chair, Transplantation Specialty Practice Network (SPN) member, and chapter secretary. Longton has also been deeply involved in ANNA’s advocacy initiatives in Washington, DC, and is a well-known speaker, mentor, and writer for ANNA and in the nephrology community.
ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 10,000 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.
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