FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2003 Contact: Elise Denmon 856-256-2300; firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses Association Awards Karen C. Robbins for Outstanding Service Pitman, NJ The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) recently presented Karen C. Robbins, MS, RN, CNN, with the associations most prestigious honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Ms. Robbins, a nurse educator at Hartford Hospital, West Hartford, CT, received the award at the associations Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon on April 27. The luncheon was held during ANNAs 34th National Symposium, April 25-28, 2003, in Chicago, IL. Ms. Robbins, who was ANNAs president in 1997-1998, was cited for her remarkable dedication to the association and to the nephrology specialty. She was also honored for serving ANNA in many roles over the years and for mentoring nephrology nurses. For the award, Ms. Robbins received a lifetime membership to ANNA. "Karen is one of the most dynamic people I know," said ANNA President Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN. "She is intelligent, focused and has a real knack for helping others develop professionally. ANNA is very fortunate to have her in our ranks and she is very deserving of this award." Ms. Robbins, who also serves as associate editor of Nephrology Nursing Journal, has over 30 years of nephrology nursing experience in a variety of modalities and clinical roles. She has served ANNA at the local, regional, and national levels. As ANNA’s president, Ms. Robbins was known for leading by the strength of her example. During her term she was recognized with the Director’s Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration for visionary and skilled leadership. She was awarded the Torchbearer Award from the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) in recognition of dedication to the practice of nephrology technology. She also served as national treasurer in 1993-1995, and was involved in several initiatives including the Nephrology Nursing Needs Task Force and the Strategic Planning Work Group. As Colonial Chapter president in 1988-1990, she received the chapter’s Outstanding Contribution Award. On the regional level, Ms. Robbins served as Northeast Chapters coordinator and regional vice president. She is currently the chairperson for ANNA’s special interest groups. For more information about ANNA, visit the association Web site, www.annanurse.org; call 856-256-2300; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail email@example.com. ### [Digital picture of Karen Robbins available upon request. Please 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.