FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Linda Alexander 856-256-2300, ext. 2411 firstname.lastname@example.org American Nephrology Nurses Association Honors Nancy Sharp for Outstanding Service PITMAN, NJ The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) has awarded Nancy Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN, with the associations highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. Sharp, a consultant with Sharp & Associates, lives and works in Bethesda, MD. Sharp received her award at the Nephrology Nurse Day Luncheon on April 24, during ANNAs 38th National Symposium in Dallas, TX. She received a lifetime ANNA membership, an ANNA logo pin and a plaque. A founding member of ANNA, Sharp was recognized for her ground-breaking advocacy efforts and professional outreach for nephrology nursing. During her term as president, Sharp created and chaired the associations Government Relations committee. In that capacity, she was the first nephrology nurse to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on the importance of the professional role of the nephrology nurse. She continued to serve ANNA as its health policy consultant from 2000-06. Sharp helped establish the National Federation for Specialty Nursing Organizations (NFSNO), now the Nursing Organizations Alliance, an organization dedicated to increasing nursings visibility. Through her leadership, the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) was created, helping nurses learn more about the legislative process and how they can influence health policy. She most recently established the Public Policy Institute for advanced practice nurses for the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Sharp continues to mentor nurses and demystify the legislative process through NIWI and through other workshops, presentations and consulting positions. Her energy and vision resulted in the formation of ANNAs ESRD Education Week. The event started with Sharps personal invitations to legislators to tour dialysis facilities in Washington, DC, and has evolved into an award-winning, weeklong campaign to educate state and federal lawmakers about end stage renal disease (ESRD), dialysis and legislative issues facing the renal community. This knowledge has motivated lawmakers to pass key legislation to improve the lives of renal patients. In recognition of her contributions to the nursing community, Sharp has received many prestigious awards. She was named Nurse of the Year by Nursing Spectrum (DC/Virginia/Maryland edition), one of the 25 Outstanding NP Leaders by Nurse Practitioner Journal, and Washington Woman of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Sharp is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and was also the first recipient of an award named in her honor, the American College of Nurse Practitioners Sharp Cutting Edge Award. Sharps passion for nursing advocacy continues to benefit the profession. In 2006, she helped found the Nightingale Policy Institute, a virtual organization that uses the Internet to connect aspiring policy nurses with experienced policy nurses to enhance the political knowledge and savvy of all nurses working in the field of public policy. Nancys leadership, energy and professionalism have helped advance ANNA, nephrology nursing and health care, said ANNA President Sandy Bodin, MA, RN, CNN. This award shows our appreciation for her dedication to the association and the nephrology community. For more information about ANNA, visit the associations Web site, www.annanurse.org; call 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail email@example.com. # # # 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.