7/12/11 - Nephrology Nurses Week to Spotlight Nurses' Life-Saving Work

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Nephrology Nurses Week to Spotlight Nurses’ Life-Saving Work

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association will celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week September 11-17, 2011. Special events honoring nurses will beheld in facilities around the country.


PITMAN, NJ – Rowena Elliott, president of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) and a leading nurse educator and role model, has never been satisfied with the status quo for herself or her nursing students. That’s why she chose “Soaring to New Heights” as this year’s theme for Nephrology Nurses Week (NNW).

“Nephrology nurses put their hearts and souls into caring for their patients,” Elliott said. “They often develop personal relationships with patients because kidney disease can span years. Combined with their vision and skills, nurses’ caring makes them every day heroes. I admire every single one of them.”

NNW is slated for September 11-17, 2011, with such activities as celebratory luncheons and special ceremonies held in dialysis units, hospitals, schools and other settings across the nation. There are also gubernatorial proclamations, news articles, visits by representatives of Congress and the U.S. Senate, and other activities.

The event provides a forum for employers, patients and the community to thank nephrology nurses, who practice as staff nurses, transplant coordinators, researchers and educators. ANNA also uses the week to help the public understand exactly what nephrology nurses do.

The ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org, has an NNW section that contains suggestions on ‘Ways to Celebrate,’ an Online Toolkit for nephrology nurses to help them educate others, a poster, and NNW products.

Nephrology nursing is one of the largest and most diverse nursing specialties in the country. The nurses, who are highly trained and educated, care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. Practice settings include dialysis clinics, hospitals, physician practices, transplant programs, and many more professional settings.

ANNA launched NNW in 2005 to recognize nephrology nurses’ contributions and to inspire other nurses to enter the specialty.

Approximately 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions more are at risk. Kidney disease affects all ages, races, cultures, social classes and religions. The number of people diagnosed with kidney failure has doubled each decade for the last two decades and will likely continue to do so.

More information about ANNA, Nephrology Nursing Week and careers in the specialty is available at www.annanurse.org (phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; e-mail: anna@ajj.com).


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 11,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.