6/22/10 - Top Experts Slated to Speak to Nephrology Nurses, Providers at Fall Meeting

Information: Janet D'Alesandro
(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

Top Experts Slated to Speak to Nephrology Nurses, Providers at Fall Meeting

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting 2010
October 9-11, 2010 • Paris Las Vegas Hotel • Las Vegas, NV 

Pitman, NJ – As the rate of kidney disease climbs, the need for qualified nephrology nurses is intensifying. To help meet this need and keep nurses well educated, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) is once again offering its Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses.

The meeting, which will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, October 9-11, 2010, is designed for practitioners of all levels who work in a wide variety of nephrology areas. To help attendees tailor their education, sessions are organized into the following tracks: Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Management/Leadership, Current “Hot” Topic or Issue, and Pharmacology Content. All courses are presented by the specialty’s foremost experts.

Participants will also network, attend special events and earn continuing nursing education contact hours. In the exhibit hall, attendees will meet with vendors displaying the latest products, technologies and services.

More information about the ANNA Fall Meeting and a complete registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.  

There will be five optional preconference workshops this year (three full-day sessions and two half-day sessions). The full day sessions, to be offered on Friday, October 8, are “The RN New to Nephrology Practice,” “Making the Transition as a New APN into Nephrology Practice,” and “The New Nephrology Nurse Manager.”

The half day sessions will follow on Saturday and are “The Kidney-Liver Connection,” and “Managing Errors in a Learning and Fair Culture.”

The conference’s opening general session will follow, with famed nursing leader Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, presenting “The Role of Nurses at Decision-Making Tables in Today’s Health Care Environment.”

Concurrent sessions continue Sunday and Monday, October 10-11, with a broad range of offerings such as:

  • Emotional Intelligence and Its Role in the Workplace
  • Blurring of Boundaries in the Age of Social Media
  • Community-Acquired vs. Hospital-Acquired MRSA in the Patient with CKD
  • Home Safety
  • Pharmacology 202
  • Chemical Exposure in the Workplace
  • Diabetes Mellitus: New Drugs

On Monday, October 11, Gary Inglese, Director of U.S. Healthcare Reimbursement, Baxter Healthcare, will present the closing session, “Bundling: What Will It Mean?” Inglese will explore current bundling practices and what can be expected in the future.

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 11.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE), plus additional contact hours for the preconference workshops. Up to 450 minutes of pharmacology credit is available at the conference.

ANNA is accredited as a provider and approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Certification Exams
On Friday, October 8, the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will offer the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) exam, the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) exam, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) exam. A separate registration fee and form are required for each exam. For more information, contact the NNCC National Office at 888-884-6622 or 856-256-2321. Applications may also be downloaded on the NNCC Web site, www.nncc-exam.org. 

Complete information and an online registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org. For additional information, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ, 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax: 856-589-7493; e-mail: anna@ajj.com.


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.