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June 19, 2002
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American Nephrology Nurses Association
Officers Inducted at National Symposium
PITMAN, NJ The new officers of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) assumed their positions at ANNAs 33rd National Symposium held May 23-26, 2002 in Orlando, FL. The officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Day Recognition Luncheon on May 25.
Gail S. Wick, BSN, RN, CNN, officially accepted the presidential gavel from Mary Ann Gould, MSN, RN, CNN, outgoing president. In her address to luncheon attendees, Ms. Wick challenged ANNA members to make the 2002-03 association year one of passion in action marked by growth, strategic positioning, and a renewed commitment to patients, the nursing profession, and the nephrology nursing specialty.
Other officers who assumed new positions during the luncheon were Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN, President-elect; Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, Treasurer; Barbara F. Prowant, MS, RN, CNN, Secretary; Karen Burwell, BSN, RN, CNN, Northeast Vice President; Glenda M. Payne, MS, RN, CNN, Southeast Vice President; Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN, North Central Vice President; and Lynda K. Ball, BSN, RN, CNN, Western Vice President.
At the symposium, Ms. Wick also received the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award, the highest honor bestowed annually upon an ANNA member. Ms. Wick, an ANNA member since 1972, has continually been a strong voice for nephrology nursing. She has been an ANNA leader for 3 decades and deeply involved in meeting planning, chapter guidance, project direction, and editorial strategy.
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ANNA is a professional association comprised of 12,000 nephrology nurses. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.