6/10/10 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Honors Lesley Dinwiddie for Outstanding Service

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association
Honors Lesley Dinwiddie for Outstanding Service

PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has honored Lesley Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN, with the association’s highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. The award recognizes one nurse each year who has made outstanding contributions to ANNA’s goals. Dinwiddie, an ANNA past president, is a nephrology nurse consultant in Cary, NC, and senior vice president, Institute for Clinical Excellence, Education, and Research.

Dinwiddie received her award, which includes a lifetime ANNA membership and a commemorative plaque, during ANNA’s 41st National Symposium in San Antonio, TX, May 2-5, 2010. Dinwiddie was recognized for her passion and dedication to nephrology nursing and ANNA.

“Lesley has touched the lives of many nurses, patients, and colleagues throughout her career, and this award shows our appreciation for her numerous and noteworthy contributions to ANNA and the specialty of nephrology nursing,” said ANNA President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN.

An ANNA member for nearly 30 years, Dinwiddie has served the association in many local, regional, and national positions, including as president of her local chapters in Arkansas (1983-84) and North Carolina (1997-98), Southeast vice president (1986-88), national secretary (1988-92), and national president (2004-2005). In these roles, Dinwiddie actively mentored others and championed initiatives that led to improved quality care for patients with chronic kidney disease. At the time of her nomination for this award, she was serving again as president of the Cardinal chapter in North Carolina, a role she found both challenging and rewarding.

In addition, Dinwiddie continues to dedicate her time and expertise to educating nephrology nurses. She has published and presented extensively on vascular access management, activities which have gained her international recognition. Dinwiddie has been a manuscript reviewer for Nephrology Nursing Journal since 1994, and she also edited the journal’s “Clinical Consult” column from 1997-2003.

She has contributed to many ANNA publications, including as a section reviewer and author of the chapter on “Vascular Access for Hemodialysis” for the Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing, 5th Edition. Dinwiddie also authored the chapter on palliative care in Contemporary Nephrology Nursing: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition.

Dinwiddie has shared her knowledge as a member of ANNA’s Nursing Shortage Summit, and as the 2006 advisor for ANNA’s Nephrology Nurses Week. She received a Nephrology Nursing Journal Writer’s Award for Research in 1997, as well as the ANNA Clinical Practice Award in 1998. She continues to serve ANNA as a consultant on special education projects.

A clinical provider, quality improvement officer, and educator for more than 30 years, Dinwiddie’s career spans not only decades, but also institutions, within the United States and internationally. She educates others on transplantation, end-of-life care and chronic kidney disease intervention, and recently lead nephrology nursing outreach to China. Dinwiddie received a 2006 Citation in the United States Congressional Record for her contributions to nephrology nursing and patient care.

For more information about ANNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org; call 888-600-2662; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.