7/30/09 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) News and Events

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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) News & Events

News

Nephrology Nurses to Educate Lawmakers During Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week in August
ANNA members are getting ready for Kidney Disease Awareness and Education (KDAE) Week (August 10-14, 2009), the association’s ongoing, award-winning campaign to educate lawmakers and their aides about kidney disease, treatment options and issues affecting the renal community. The nurses will host special visits to dialysis facilities and transplant centers and describe daily operations, the role of nurses and health care providers, and key legislation that will improve care for kidney patients. More information about KDAE Week is available on ANNA’s Web site.

To supplement the tours, Nurses will share ANNA’s "End Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers: A Guide to Kidney Disease Awareness and Education," a valuable tool that presents in lay terms the basics of end stage renal disease (ESRD) and includes information on underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, incidence, and treatment costs. ANNA has also developed fact sheets on The Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), nursing workforce issues, biomedical research funding, and other health policy-related topics. The fact sheets are available for download in the Health Policy section on ANNA’s Web site.

Educational Sessions from ANNA 2009 Symposium Available Online
Educational sessions from ANNA’s 40th National Symposium are now available in ANNA’s Online Library (www.prolibraries.com/anna). Users have access to live recordings of approved educational sessions and the accompanying presentation materials. Continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours can be earned for the sessions. Symposium attendees have free unlimited access to the sessions for one year. Those who missed the symposium may purchase access to the meeting presentations in the Online Library and earn CNE credit. Packages are available for access to individual sessions, the preconference workshops, or the entire symposium. Visit ANNA’s Online Library at www.prolibraries.com/anna.

ANNA Endorses Campaign to Improve Survival Among First-Year Dialysis Patients
ANNA has endorsed the Kidney Care Partners’ (KCP) campaign to reduce mortality among first-year dialysis patients by 20% by the end of 2012. As a KCP member, ANNA was a leader in efforts to introduce the recently launched Performance Excellence and Accountability in Kidney Care (PEAK) Campaign. Led by KCP, with support from research partners at Brown University and Quality Partners of Rhode Island as well as experts in the kidney community, the PEAK Campaign will equip health care providers and professionals with tools to help first-year dialysis patients better understand their disease and manage the effects of dialysis on themselves and their families. Campaign participants believe that in addition to improving and extending the lives of people with kidney failure, PEAK will result in reduced patient hospitalizations, which in turn will help lower Medicare costs. More information about the campaign in available on ANNA’s Web site.

Events

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week
August 10-14, 2009
This award-winning campaign has helped improve care for renal patients through key legislation. ANNA members host facility visits during this week to educate lawmakers and/or their aides about renal disease and issues affecting the renal community. The visits put a face to the renal community and facilitate an increased understanding of how legislators’ Congressional votes on health care legislation affect nurses and patients. More information about KDAE Week, including the End Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book, is available in the Health Policy section of ANNA’s Web site.

National Nephrology Nurses Week
September 13-19, 2009
ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as “National Nephrology Nurses Week.” Employers and others may take this opportunity to recognize and reward nephrology nurses for their work and dedication. Nephrology Nurses Week is also meant to spark interest in other nurses to discover the many career opportunities available in this exciting specialty. For more information, visit www.annanurse.org/NNW.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses
Date: October 9-11, 2009
Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org.

New for 2009: Two all-day preconference workshops will be offered on Friday, October 9, 2009. Making the Transition as a New APN into Nephrology Practice will explore the roles and responsibilities of the advanced practice nurse in nephrology. This session is designed for the advanced practice nurse who is new to nephrology and is a great refresher for those who have been practicing in the specialty. The New RN to Nephrology Practice is designed for nurses new to nephrology nursing and will provide an overview of chronic kidney disease and caring for patients with kidney disease.

Fall 2009 Audio Conference
November 10, 2009 (6:30 p.m. ET)
November 17, 2009 (6:30 p.m. PT)
Title: “Malignancy and the Renal Patient”
Speakers: Carol Kinzner, MSN, ARNP, GNP-BC, CNN-NP and Allison Tyler, BSN, RN
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org

Winter 2010 Audio Conference
February 2, 2010 (6:30 p.m. ET)
February 9, 2010 (6:30 p.m. PT)
Title & Speakers: Details to come.  
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association 41st Annual National Symposium
May 2-5, 2010
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
Contact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@ajj.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org.

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ANNA’s mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes forindividuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.