5/4/05 - American Nephrology Nurses Association Wins National Award for Education Campaign

May 4, 2005


Information: Janet D'Alesandro

(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses' Association

Wins National Award for Education Campaign

PITMAN, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) has been named to the Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), in Washington, DC.

ANNA received the award for its ongoing ESRD Education Day campaign, an initiative that educates legislators nationwide about end stage renal disease (ESRD). ANNA launched the program in 2003, inviting lawmakers and their staff members around the country to visit their local dialysis units and learn more about kidney disease. Dialysis and transplantation are lifesaving treatments that the legislators' constituents receive as Medicare beneficiaries under the government's ESRD reimbursement program.

The Associations Advance America Honor Roll program is designed to showcase organizations that help advance American society with innovative projects and inspire similar activities, according to Committee Chair David Gabri.

ANNA President Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, said ANNA was honored to be included on Advance America's prestigious list.

"ESRD Education Day has had a tremendous impact on legislators," VanBuskirk said. "Their increased understanding will help spark much-needed legislative reform. That in turn will improve patient care and save lives." Over 400,000 Americans suffer from kidney failure, and the numbers are rising.

According to Kathleen Kuchta, BSN, RN, coordinator of ANNA's 2004 ESRD Day, 121 legislative delegations from the federal, state, and local levels visited dialysis units last year, a response that was almost double the turnout in 2003. During the visits, the lawmakers also received ANNA's ESRD Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers (available to the public for free download in the Health Policy section at www.annanurse.org). The success of the initiative has led ANNA to expand the event to a week this year, although, as in other years, ANNA will accommodate legislators' schedules and arranges visits throughout the year.

In 2005, "ESRD Education Week" is slated for August 8-12, and more information about the campaign is available on ANNA's Web site, www.annanurse.org. Those interested may also contact ANNA at 888-600-2662 or via e-mail at anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with 11,900 members. 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.