7/7/09 - Nephrology Nurses: Lighting the Way in Kidney Patient Care

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Nephrology Nurses: Lighting the Way in Kidney Patient Care

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association invites hospitals, dialysis facilities and others to honor nephrology nurses’ skills and dedication during ‘Nephrology Nurses Week.’


PITMAN, NJ – As Congress considers health care reform, health care professionals focus their efforts not only on advocacy, but also on early detection, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. Nephrology nurses play a key role in these efforts. The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has designated September 13-19, 2009, as “Nephrology Nurses Week” to celebrate the commitment and dedication of nephrology nurses who make a positive difference in their patients’ lives everyday.

This special week will be celebrated nationwide with activities recognizing and rewarding nephrology nurses. The specialty involves both preventing disease and assessing the health needs of patients and families. The theme for the week, “Nephrology Nurses Light the Way,” spotlights nephrology nurses’ passion and leadership in guiding patient care.

Nephrology nurses care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. They are well educated, highly skilled, motivated individuals providing care tailored to each patient’s needs. Treatment often spans many years, allowing nurses to develop strong relationships and close bonds with patients and families.

“Patients depend on nephrology nurses to guide their care plan, providing safe and effective treatment,” said ANNA President Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP. “ANNA is so proud to honor nephrology nurses throughout the year, but especially during Nephrology Nurses Week.”

ANNA launched the weeklong celebration in 2005 so employers, patients and others could show their appreciation for nephrology nurses’ contributions to patient care. As in previous years, activities will include special events, luncheons, education programs and special presentations.

In addition to applauding nurses with events in their honor, Bednarski said ANNA promotes the event to spark interest in other nurses about the multifaceted career opportunities available in nephrology.

Approximately 27 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 the work of nephrology nurses, the Nephrology Nurses Week celebration and resources to enhance the recognition event, such as posters, pins and T-shirts, are available at www.annanurse.org/NNW (phone: 888-600-2662; 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 individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.