6/30/05 - Nephrology Nurses and Clinicians to Increase Knowledge and Enhance Practice at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Fall Meeting

June 30, 2005
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411 • linda@ajj.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Nephrology Nurses and Clinicians to Increase Knowledge and Enhance Practice
at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Fall Meeting

Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its fourth annual Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians in Kansas City, MO, September 24-26, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. The meeting will address the challenges of providing care to individuals with chronic kidney disease and allow nephrology nurses to learn and problem solve together.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend education sessions designed for nephrology nurses practicing in a variety of clinical settings, network with colleagues, attend special events and earn continuing education credits. In the exhibit hall, over 35 booths will display the industry’s latest products and technologies. More information and a complete brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

Program
Two optional pre-conference workshops will be offered on Saturday, September 24. Participants can choose between “The Supersizing of America,” which will describe the effects of body mass index on the kidney disease patient, or “Cannulation Camp,” which will demonstrate various arterial cannulation techniques.

Rhonda Hull, PhD, a psychologist, author and professional speaker, will open the conference with the two-part general session “The Science of Happiness.” Dr. Hull will describe how one’s genetic makeup can affect mood and she will identify self-help maneuvers that can establish a healthy pattern of emotion and contentment.  

Concurrent sessions are organized by tracks and will run from Sunday, September 25, through Monday, September 26. These include:

  • Pharmacology Track: Cautions and complications of pharmacology in chronic kidney disease (CKD) (a three-part session); preventing antibiotic resistance in CKD; effects of herbals, nutraceuticals and supplements on declining renal function.
  • Management Track: Quality service techniques; writing for publication; improving the workplace environment; improving patient outcomes; health care economics.
  • Clinical Practice – Chronic Kidney Disease: CKD practice standards; end-of-life care; identifying and treating vasculitis; diagnosing and treating metabolic syndrome (a two-part session).
  • Clinical Practice – Renal Replacement Therapies: Assessing dry weight; issues in living donation; managing CKD patients with HIV; educating and managing peritoneal dialysis patients (a two-part session)

On Sunday, September 25, Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, CHE, Senior Vice President at Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek and Editor of Nephrology Nursing Journal, will present “Workplace Violence: When Your Work Environment Becomes a Threat.” Ulrich will discuss the incidence of violence in the nephrology setting and offer strategies for preventing workplace violence and minimizing damage.

On Monday, September 26,  Sally Campoy, MS, RN, C-ANP, CNN, of VA Medical Center, Denver, CO, and Kim Alleman, MS, RN, FNP, CNN, of Hartford Hospital Transplant, Lebanon, CT, will present the closing session “Collaboration: A Necessity Now More Than Ever.” Campoy and Alleman will identify methods for enhancing collaboration between patients, nurses and physicians.

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 19.5 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 symposiums sponsored by such companies as Watson Pharma, Inc., American Regent, Abbott Laboratories and Amgen.

Certification Exams
The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Friday, September 23, 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 11,900 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.