May 9, 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet DAlesandro (856) 256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses Association Convenes 34th National Symposium PITMAN, NJ Over 1,400 nephrology nurses and health care professionals attended the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 34th National Symposium on April 25-28, 2003 in Chicago, IL. The symposium also marked its largest exhibit hall ever, with 261 exhibitors representing 110 companies. While the focus of the symposium was on the most urgent challenges and issues facing nephrology nurses today, the optimistic tone of the symposium reflected the excitement and passion that is ANNAs hallmark. "It was very noticeable this year that despite the nursing shortage and many other obstacles nurses handle daily, the attendees were very upbeat," said ANNA President Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN. "Everyone had a great time and there was a real esprit de corps." Conference highlights included a keynote address on leadership by Brigadier General Barbara C. Brannon, MSN, RN. Other nationally-known presenters included author and businesswoman Lori Hartwell, a dedicated patient advocate who has faced a lifelong battle with kidney disease. Daniel F. Brown, Senior Operations specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, Senior Policy Fellow, American Nurses Association, discussed bioterrorism and disaster preparedness during a special preconference workshop on April 25. Other sessions included such topics as transplants in patients with HIV; sexual dysfunction in kidney disease patients; anger management; exercise and the dialysis patient; an update on care for patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease; and legislative and research reports. Incoming ANNA officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon on April 27. During this ceremony, Ms. Counts, who is from Charleston, SC, officially accepted the presidential vision crystal from outgoing President Gail S. Wick, BSN, RN, CNN. At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $90,000 in scholarships and grants and honored many individuals with service and achievement awards. The awards included the following: Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award Karen C. Robbins, MS, RN, CNN, Hartford Hospital, West Hartford, CT. Ron Brady Memorial Award Jean M. Nardini, MSN, RN, CNN, Massachusetts General Hospital, Scituate, MA. Excellence in Nephrology Nursing Management Award Karen Prussing, MSN, RN, ANP, CNN, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, ND. ANNA Directors Award Anne Harty, MS, APRN, FNP, Creighton Nephrology Associates, Omaha, NE. Next year, ANNAs 35th Annual National Symposium will be held April 15-18, 2004 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. For more information on ANNA, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue/Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 1-888-600-ANNA or (856) 256-2320; fax: 856-589-7463; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.annanurse.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.