6/6/07 - Leadership and Advocacy Issues Spark Successful American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium


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Leadership and Advocacy Issues Spark Successful

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium

PITMAN, NJ – Over 1,300 nephrology nurses and health care professionals convened at the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) 38th National Symposium April 22-25, 2007, in Dallas, TX, taking home a heightened understanding on leading and inspiring change.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Advocacy Through Leadership,” attendees learned the importance of advocacy as well as effective strategies for improving patient care, strengthening the profession, and using their voices in the political arena.

“Nephrology nurses know advocacy is up to each individual, whether it is on a personal, national or global scale,” said ANNA’s new President Sandra M. Bodin, MA, RN, CNN. “It was so exciting to give them the tools and knowledge to help them achieve these goals and hone their leadership skills.”

At the symposium, which was held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, the attendees also enjoyed a broad slate of educational sessions, earned contact hours, met with exhibitors and industry representatives staffing more than 240 booths, and enjoyed networking and entertainment events.


Outgoing ANNA President JoAnne Gilmore, BSN, RN, CNN, hosted the symposium’s Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, April 22. Immediately after, author LeAnn Thieman, CSP, presented the opening session, “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul,” sharing her own experiences as well as nurses’ inspiring stories.

On Monday, April 23, Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, one of the country’s preeminent nurse executives, delivered the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Dr. Curran emphasized the importance for nurses to advocate for what they believe in and seek the knowledge to be effective leaders and change-agents.

New Officers

ANNA’s incoming officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24. Gilmore continued ANNA’s tradition of transitioning to a new president by passing ANNA’s “Vision Crystal” to 2007-08 President Bodin.

As she accepted the crystal, Bodin outlined her goals which include reviewing and updating ANNA's Strategic Plan; hosting a critical issues conference to evaluate the association's programs, products, and organizational structure; publishing new editions of both the Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing and the Nephrology Nursing: Guide for Professional Development; creating a volunteer database to be known as the “ANNA Resource Corps”; and encouraging members to embrace health informatics and technology in order to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Joining Bodin and Gilmore on the 2007-08 ANNA Board of Directors are the newly inducted members: President-Elect Sue Cary, MN, APRN, NP, CNN; Treasurer Donna R. Painter, MS, RN, CNN; Northeast Vice President Debra Castner, MSN, RN, APNC, CNN; and North Central Vice President Molly L. Cahill, MSN, NP-C, APRN, BC, RN, CNN. Returning officers complete the remainder of the Board and are Secretary Jenny Bell, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC; Southeast Vice President Cheryl L. Groenhoff, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN; and Western Vice President Sally Campoy, MS, APRN, BC, CNN.

Awards and Honors

At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $90,000 in scholarships, grants and awards.

Nancy Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN, of Bethesda, MD, received the “Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award,” the highest honor bestowed upon an ANNA member. Deborah Bowe, RN, CNN, of Glendale, WI, was awarded the Ron Brady Memorial Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership. Lisa Carter, MA, BSN, RN, of Rochester, MN, received the ANNA Board of Directors’ Award, which recognizes a grassroots member for advancing the goals and objectives of ANNA. A complete list of all awards and scholarships is available on the ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org (click on ‘Members’ tab, ‘Awards/Scholarship/Grant Program’).

2008 Symposium

ANNA’s 39th Annual National Symposium will be held April 27-30, 2008, at the Philadelphia Marriott and Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. For more information about the symposium and ANNA, contact the ANNA National Office at East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail anna@ajj.com; Web site www.annanurse.org.


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.