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American Nephrology Nurses Association Storms
Capitol Hill and White House During Health Policy Workshop
ANNA members advocated for nephrology nursing and kidney patients and secured new co-sponsors for the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act.
Pitman, NJ Continuing efforts to ensure access to quality care for kidney patients, the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) converged on Washington, DC, June 7-9, 2007, for the associations annual Health Policy Workshop. Sixty-six participants representing 28 states discovered how they can have an impact on the legislative process and met with policymakers and their aides to urge them to support key kidney care legislation.
The workshop provides opportunities for both ANNA members and legislators to learn about health policy, legislative and regulatory activities that affect nursing practice in general and nephrology nursing in particular. Sessions covered such topics as the legislative process and lobbying basics; the role of federal agencies in developing public policy; and how to influence policy at the state and local levels.
After attending sessions, ANNA members met with 103 different Congressional offices about the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act, funding for much-needed nursing programs and biomedical research. The nurses efforts were successful, with five new lawmakers pledging to cosponsor the act.
In addition, participants delivered personal invitations to policymakers to visit local clinics, transplant centers and dialysis facilities during ESRD Education Week, August 6-10, 2007, ANNAs annual campaign to educate lawmakers about the role of nephrology nurses, end stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney-related care.
The goal of the health policy workshop is to increase members' participation in advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, and our now-experienced members have been incredibly successful, said ANNA President Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN. The more nephrology nurses we can educate about the legislative process, the more we can influence health policy and make a difference in the lives of our patients.
In addition to the Health Policy Workshop and ESRD Education Week, ANNA maintains the ANNA Legislative Action Center for members to quickly and easily communicate with their elected representatives about issues affecting nephrology nursing practice. ANNA also releases Position Statements on issues important to nephrology nurses and their patients and provides resources and tools to assist members in their advocacy efforts. For more information about ANNAs health policy efforts, visit www.annanurse.org, Health Policy.
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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 through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.