7/16/09 - Nurses to Learn Latest Advances in Nephrology at Fall Meeting

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Nurses to Learn Latest Advances in Nephrology at Fall Meeting

 American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting 2009
October 9-11, 2009 • Disney’s Contemporary Resort • Lake Buena Vista, FL 

Pitman, NJ – Nurses seeking the latest clinical and management information will convene for the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses.

The meeting, which is slated for October 9-11, 2009, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, will educate all levels of practitioners, from nurses new to nephrology to experienced managers and clinicians looking for advanced knowledge.

Attendees may choose from education sessions in the following tracks: Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Management/Leadership, Current “Hot” Topic or Issue, and Pharmacology Content. There will be four preconference workshops this year (two half-day and two full-day sessions). All courses will be presented by the specialty’s top experts.

Participants will also network, attend special events and earn continuing nursing education contact hours. In the exhibit hall, attendees will meet with vendors displaying the latest products, technologies and services.

More information about the ANNA Fall Meeting and a complete registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

ANNA has added two optional full-day preconference workshops this year to be offered on Thursday, October 8. The first session, The RN New to Nephrology Practice, is a comprehensive review of the physiology of the kidney and stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The second workshop, Making the Transition as a New APN into Nephrology Practice, will help advanced practice nurses (APNs) transition into the nephrology specialty. The following day, two optional half-day preconference workshops will be offered, one exploring safety in the health care setting and the second focusing on pulmonary diseases in CKD patients.

After the morning workshops that day, Mary Johnson, MA, will open the conference with the first general session, There is No Crying in Nephrology Nursing: Disenfranchising Grief, an exploration of the emotions experienced by nurses as they care for patients suffering – and dying – from kidney disease.

Concurrent sessions continue from Friday, October 9, to Sunday, October 11, and include the following topics:

  • Quality Interviews: Finding and Retaining the Best Employees
  • Vasulitic Renal Disease
  • So You’ve Been Deposed
  • Pharmacologic Aspects of Complicated Hypertension
  • When Patients and Families Try Your Patience
  • The New UNOS Kidney and Pancreas Allocation System

On Sunday, October 11, Kevin Curran, MD, FACP, will present the closing session Therapets. Dr. Curran will describe animal visitation as a growing therapy for chronically ill patients and  how pet therapy can be implemented in a dialysis practice setting. A live demonstration with a therapy pet will be included.

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 15 contact hours of continuing nursing education, plus additional contact hours for the preconference workshops.

ANNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Certification Exams
On Thursday, October 8, the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will offer the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) exam, the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) exam, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) exam. A separate registration fee and 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.

Complete information and an online 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 over 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursingpractice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.