FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2004 Contact: Janet D'Alesandro 856-256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org This press release is available electronically at www.annanurse.org American Nephrology Nurses' Association Awards Carolyn Latham for Outstanding Service Pitman, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) recently presented Carolyn E. Latham, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN, with one of the association's highest honors, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Ms. Latham, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Renal Care Group, Nashville, TN, received her award at the Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon on April 17. The luncheon was held during ANNA's 35th National Symposium, April 15-18, 2004, in Washington, DC. Ms. Latham, who was ANNA's president in 1998-1999, was cited for 26 years of service to the association as well as a professional career dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing. She was also honored for her commitment to educating other nurses; her compassion and high standards for patient care; and her volunteer work for local networks and kidney organizations. For the award, Ms. Latham received a lifetime membership to ANNA. Ms. Latham has over 27 years of nephrology nursing experience in administration; management; medical device marketing and product development; and clinical practice and education. She holds both Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Miami in Florida and is a certified nephrology nurse. During her time with ANNA, Ms. Latham has served at the national, regional, and local levels. As ANNA national president, Ms. Latham was known for her "intelligence, grace, good humor, and courage," according to ANNA President Lesley C. Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN. Currently, Ms. Latham is chairing the Management, Leadership, and Mentoring task force for ANNA's Nephrology Nursing Shortage Summit. Ms. Dinwiddie said that this role is "very appropriate for her, as she has thoroughly demonstrated mastery of all three of these attributes in the selfless, graceful service that she has rendered to ANNA." During her term as president, Ms. Latham led initiatives to update nephrology nursing clinical practice guidelines, promoted collaborations with national renal-related groups, and helped strengthen ANNA's organizational structure and enhance services. She served on the ANNA Board of Directors as a regional vice president and chaired numerous national committees including ANNA's National Program, Management/Education Seminars and Awards committees, as well as the Administration, Corporate/Government and Hemodialysis Special Interest Groups. She also served on the Professional Relations, Core Learning Institute, Work Simplification and Learning Culture national committees. At the local level, Ms. Latham served as president, president-elect, and program chairperson of the Flamingo (formerly known as "Greater Miami") Chapter. For more information about ANNA, visit the association's Web site, www.annanurse.org. ANNA can also be reached at 888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or via e-mail at email@example.com. ### [Digital picture of Carolyn Latham available upon request. Please firstname.lastname@example.org.] ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 11,500 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.