6/10/10 - Nurses Focus on Technology and Caring at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

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Nurses Focus on Technology and Caring at American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium 

PITMAN, NJ – Combining high-level technical skills with compassionate care was the central theme of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) 41st National Symposium, held May 2-5 in San Antonio, TX.

Over 1,000 nephrology nurses and health care professionals met at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to learn the latest treatments and practice innovations, network and enjoy the city’s flowering River Walk.

“Nephrology nurses work with very sophisticated technology, so it is crucial they know the latest advances,” said ANNA President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN. “Blending that expertise with a humanistic understanding of patient care was a great idea for a conference theme, and the feedback was tremendous.”

Courses were presented by the country’s leading nephrology health care experts and included topics ranging from the latest life-saving treatments to professional development. In addition to the education sessions, attendees met with exhibitors and industry representatives in the exhibit hall and enjoyed networking, mentoring and entertainment events.

Nephrology nursing is one of the largest nursing specialties in the country, with the demand for educated professionals intensifying as kidney disease rates rise. Aging baby boomers, as well as higher numbers of Americans suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, are factors contributing to the additional patient load.

A full recap of symposium highlights is available on the National Symposium page of the ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org. The site also features a complete listing of ANNA award, scholarship, and grant recipients, as well as a photo gallery.

Highlights
Outgoing ANNA President Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP, hosted the symposium’s Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, May 2. The first general session followed, with writer and journalist Anne Ryder exploring how patients can get lost in a maze of computers and technical details in her session on “Caring in the Age of Technology.”

On Monday, May 3, Rozzano Locsin, PhD, RN, FAAN, author and John Wymer Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, delivered the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. In his presentation, “Preserving Humanity: Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing,” Locsin explored how formalized models can help guide nurses as they strive to provide expert care. 

New Officers
ANNA’s new officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, May 4. In keeping with association’s tradition, President Bednarski passed ANNA’s “Vision Crystal” to incoming President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN.

Also inducted were Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC (national secretary); Juanita (Janie) Martinez, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNN (Southeast vice president); Alice Luehr, BA, RN, CNN (Western vice president); Robert MacKinnon, RN, CNN (Northeast chapters coordinator-elect [CCE]); Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN (Southeast CCE);  Mary Houglum, RN, CDN (North Central CCE); and Sheila Doss, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA (Western CCE). View complete list of ANNA’s Board of Directors with photos.

Awards and Honors
At the symposium, ANNA distributed over $94,000 in scholarships, grants and awards and honored both individuals and ANNA chapters for service.

Lesley Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN, of Cary, NC, received the association’s highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Jeanene Trochesset, BSN, RN, CNN, of Galveston, TX, was awarded the Ron Brady Memorial Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership. Beverly Grier-Smith, BSN, RN, CNN, MSHCA, of Chesapeake, VA, received the ANNA Board of Directors Award. View complete lists of the award, scholarship, and grant recipients.

2011 Symposium
ANNA’s 42nd National Symposium will be held March 27-30, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston, Boston, MA. For more information about the symposium and ANNA, contact the ANNA National Office at East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ, 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com; Web site www.annanurse.org.

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ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. ANNA will promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.