6/27/06 - Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians to Gather for American Nephrology Nurses' Association Fall Meeting

Contact: Linda Alexander

856-256-2300, ext. 2411 • linda@ajj.com

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Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians to Gather for American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting

Pitman, NJ – Nephrology nurses in all practice settings will learn and problem solve together at the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) fifth annual Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians in Boston, MA, September 22-24, 2006, at the Westin Boston Waterfront. The meeting will address the challenges of providing care to individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a variety of clinical settings.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions designed for nephrology nurses with different areas of expertise, network with colleagues, attend special events and earn continuing education credits. In the exhibit hall, attendees will meet with vendors displaying the industry’s latest products and technologies. More information and a complete registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

Program

Two optional pre-conference workshops will be offered on Friday, September 22. Participants may choose between “Viruses: Pandemic or Pandemonium,” which will review various viral infections (Hepatitis A, B and C, HIV, H. influenza and bird flu) and the threat they pose for individuals with CKD; or “Chronic Pain: When the Goal is Relief,” which will evaluate the etiologies and evidence-based methods for assessing chronic pain and address the difficulties sufferers experience when seeking adequate treatment.

Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNA, nurse researcher and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, will open the conference with the two-part general session “Evidence-Based Practice in the Real World.” Newhouse will explain how to apply evidence presented in literature to clinical situations and analyze the impact of evidence-based practice on health care outcomes.

Concurrent sessions are organized by tracks and are scheduled for Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24. Recognizing that chronic kidney disease has become an increasingly common diagnosis, a special track has been added on developing CKD clinics. The CKD track includes the following topics:

  • Establishing a Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic: Setting up a CKD clinic (a two-part session); negotiating the advanced practice nursing role in a specialty practice; using resources from the National Kidney Foundation; obtaining JCAHO certification for CKD programs.

The other tracks include:

  • Renal Replacement Therapies: Increasing access to organ transplantation; maintaining dental hygiene in CKD patients; determining best arteriovenous access; sexual and intimacy issues in renal patients; conducting skin assessments.
  • Management/Leadership: Complying with OSHA standards; preventing involuntary discharge from dialysis units; disaster preparedness and the impact of Hurricane Katrina; developing a nurse residency program; writing a business plan to promote successful outcomes.
  • Advanced Practice: Assessing cardiac risk in CKD patients; exploring the pathophysiologic responses of blood work to treat hypertensive patients; using scientific evidence to treat CKD patients with dyslipidemia; writing peritoneal dialysis orders; links between CKD and cardiovascular disease.

On Sunday, September 24,  Jeffrey Albaugh, MS, APRN-BC, CUCNS, a urology clinical nurse specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, will present the closing session “Spirituality and Illness: Nursing’s Role.” Albaugh will share his research on the connection between spirituality and life-threatening illnesses and offer advice on how nurses can address patients’ spiritual needs.

Continuing Education

Attendees can earn up to 21.3 contact hours of continuing education credit, plus an additional 3.3 contact hours for the optional pre-conference sessions. ANNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Special Events

The conference will feature several breakfast, lunch and dinner symposia sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, American Regent, Amgen, Ortho Biotech Products, LP, and Roche Laboratories.

Certification Exams

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the first Certified Nephrology Nurse - Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam, as well as the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Thursday, September 21, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. A separate registration fee and registration 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.

Registration

Complete information and an on-line 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.

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