6/4/14 - Nephrology Nurses and Health Care Professionals will Hone Hands-On Skills and Learn Latest Hot Topics at Nephrology Nursing Conference

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
janetd@ajj.com; 856-256-2422

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting 2014
October 11-13, 2014 • Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa • Savannah, GA

Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will give nephrology nurses and other nephrology health care professionals the opportunity to learn the latest advances in practice, from clinical and advanced practice to leadership and management, at the Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses, October 11-13, 2014, in Savannah, GA.

There will be hands-on skills sessions and special “Hot Topics” courses that are geared toward nephrology practitioners seeking to take their practice to a higher level. Attendees can also create their own educational experience by choosing among various tracks.

“The Fall Meeting gives nephrology nurses the chance to explore many different practice areas. This is an extremely ‘customizable’ program, allowing attendees to participate in sessions that will best meet their personal and professional needs,” said ANNA President Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC. “Add to that the networking and one-on-one discussions with colleagues, and nurses come away from this meeting with great ideas and renewed passion for the specialty.”

The meeting draws the industry’s best speakers and most prominent innovators who teach sessions organized into four tracks: Advanced Practice, Hot Topics, Management/Leadership, and Nursing Practice. For attending, nurses will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, and pharmacology credits are available at many of the sessions.

Along with their education courses, attendees will visit the exhibit hall to see the latest products and services, and participate in networking opportunities and special events.

A program brochure and complete registration information are available on ANNA’s Website, annanurse.org.


There will be nine preconference workshops on Friday, October 10, and Saturday October 11, including four hands-on sessions. One of the Friday sessions is the much anticipated presentation on the ESRD Core Survey, “Issues in Management.” Experts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will explain the new process and help managers improve dialysis procedures for optimum patient safety.

The hands-on workshops include such topics as fistula cannulation, cardiac assessment, and use of external defibrillators.

The regular conference begins on Saturday, October 11, with the Opening Session by Richard Rettig, PhD, on “A Retrospective Look at Highlights of Federal Government Policy Toward Treatment of End-Stage Renal Disease."

Concurrent sessions follow Saturday through Monday with a wide range of topics including:

  • Financial  Exploitation in ESRD
  • Peri, Endo, and Myocardititis – Knowing the Cardiac “itis”
  • Hypercholesterolemia/Lipid Apheresis
  • Through the Microscope: Delving into Hematuria and Proteinuria
  • Renal Failure and Burns
  • Making a Match: Treatments to Overcome Transplant Incompatibility

On Monday, October 13, Sue Garland, MBA, LMSW-IPR, CC, management consultant and owner of ATP Associates, LLC, will present the Closing Session, “Caregiver Burnout in Nurses: Recognizing, Addressing, Healing.” Garland will help nurses better recognize the stress and fatigue of burnout and learn how to prevent it.

Continuing Education

Attendees can earn up to 11.5 CNE contact hours, plus up to 10.5 additional contact hours for the preconference workshops. Up to 7 hours of pharmacology credit is available at the conference, with additional hours offered from selected optional workshops.


A program brochure and complete registration information are available on ANNA’s Website, annanurse.org. For additional information or to request a printed brochure, 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 10,000 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.