7/31/07 - Nephrology Nurse Managers, Clinicians and Advanced Practitioners to Gather at Fall Meeting

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Information: Janet D'Alesandro
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Nephrology Nurse Managers, Clinicians and Advanced Practitioners to Gather at Fall Meeting

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting 2007
Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center
October 20-22, 2007

Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinicians in San Francisco, CA, October 20-22, 2007.

The meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center, features the latest information on care for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is designed for nephrology nurses who practice in a wide variety of settings.

In addition to educational sessions taught by leading experts, participants will also network, attend special events and earn continuing education credits. In the exhibit hall, attendees will meet with vendors displaying the industry’s latest products and technologies.

One of this year’s hot topics is the new regulations on Hospital Conditions of Participation: Requirements for Approval and Re-approval of Transplant Centers to Perform Organ Transplants recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Two sessions on Monday, October 22, will examine in depth the regulations that authorize the survey and certification of transplant programs.

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

Program
Two optional pre-conference workshops will be offered Saturday, October 20. “Caring for the Patient with Glomerular Disease” will examine pathophysiology, treatment and prevention; and “Difficult Conversations about End of Life” will examine the many issues that arise when treating the chronically ill.

Karren Kowalski, PhD, RN, will open the conference later that day with the first general session of the meeting. She will speak on “Holistic Leadership: From Character Development to Healing the Work Environment.”

Concurrent sessions are organized by tracks and are scheduled for Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22. Sessions include the following topics:

  • “Lab Values 101” (interpreting lab values and assessing for interventions)
  • “Hardwiring Excellence for Customer Service” (ways to improve quality)
  • “Depression in Chronic Illness with a Focus on Renal Disease” (manifestations and therapies)
  • “The Dialysis Work Environment, Nurse Staffing, and Nurse-Reported Outcomes: The Nephrology Nursing Survey” (results of ANNA’s research study)
  • “Cultural Diversity: A Professional Model” (in-depth analysis of prejudice and health care)

On Monday, October 22, Lori Hartwell and Cheryl Thomas, RDH, will present the closing session “Empowering Patients to Be Their Own Advocates.”

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 18.75 contact hours of continuing education credit, plus an additional 3.0 contact hours for each of the optional pre-conference sessions.

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

Special Events
The conference will feature several breakfast, lunch, and dinner symposia sponsored by Watson Pharma, Inc., Amgen, Abbott Laboratories, Genzyme and Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.

Certification Exams
The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nurse – Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam, the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Friday, October 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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.

Registration
Complete information and an on-line 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 nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.