5/26/05 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Recognizes Kathleen Smith for Outstanding Service

May 26, 2005
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411 • linda@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses' Association Recognizes Kathleen Smith
for Outstanding Service

Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) awarded Kathleen T. Smith, RN, BS, CNN, with the association's highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Smith, of Alexandria, VA, vice president for government affairs, Fresenius Medical Care North America, received her award at the Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon on April 20, during ANNA’s 36th National Symposium, April 18-21, 2005, in Las Vegas, NV.

Smith, who has served ANNA at the national, regional, and local levels for more than 25 years, was cited for her dedication to advancing nephrology nurses' understanding of health policy and politics. She was also honored for her professional leadership outside of ANNA, advocating for nephrology nurses and patients in the U.S. Congress, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and at the state level.

A native Washingtonian, Smith developed a deep interest in public policy and politics early in her career and became an ANNA leader in health policy through numerous volunteer positions within the association. She has served as Government Relations Committee co-chair and chair and Legislative Workshop program director, teaching ANNA members about the political system and how to implement change through legislative and regulatory channels. ANNA President Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, said, “Kathleen has helped shape ANNA’s legislative agenda for years, mentoring and advising our officers and members on public policy and legislation, always informative and energetic. She is an invaluable resource for the entire association.”

Since 1993, Smith has been program coordinator for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), a program that introduces nurses from all specialties to legislative and regulatory processes and demystifies the workings of the government. Each year, ANNA’s president-elect participates in this program to prepare for political activities related to the post of ANNA president.

In addition to her legislative positions within ANNA, Smith has also served as president of her local chapter; and she has been a member of the Board of Directors as ANNA’s Northeast vice president. She has written chapters for ANNA’s Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nurses and contributed to Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare.

Smith has over 30 years of nephrology nursing experience in patient care, health policy, government relations, and legislative and regulatory processes. She holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Anne Arundel College of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Columbia Union College. Smith has pursued graduate studies in nursing at George Mason University and in health policy and management at John’s Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is a certified nephrology nurse.

For more information about ANNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org; call 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.