FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEInformation: Janet D'Alesandro(856) 256-2422; email@example.com Nephrology Nurses to be Honored forLife-Saving Work, Dedication to Patients The American Nephrology Nurses' Association celebrates Nephrology Nurses Weeknationwide in September. The event spotlights the nurses contributions and crucial role. www.annanurse.org/NNW PITMAN, NJ Nephrology nurses are passionate about their specialty and they wont hesitate to tell you so, especially during Nephrology Nurses Week (NNW), a national event sponsored in September by the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). Many patients, especially those on dialysis, need care for extended periods, so nephrology nurses have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, said ANNA President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN. I think this human connection is one reason nephrology nurses feel so strongly about their specialty. The event will be celebrated September 12-18, 2010, with activities in dialysis units, hospitals, schools and other settings across the country. As in past years, there will be celebratory luncheons, gubernatorial proclamations, news articles, visits by representatives of Congress and the U.S. Senate, and other activities. NNW honors practitioners in every area of the specialty, from staff nurses, to transplant coordinators to nurse researchers and educators. The event gives employers, patients and the community the chance to thank nephrology nurses and gain a better understanding of what they do. The ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org, has an NNW section that contains suggestions on Ways to Celebrate, an Online Toolkit for nephrology nurses to help them educate others, and NNW products. BackgroundNephrology nursing is one of the largest and most diverse nursing specialties in the country. The nurses, who are highly skilled and educated, care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. Practice settings include dialysis clinics, hospitals, physician practices, transplant programs, and many more professional settings. ANNA launched the weeklong celebration in 2005 to recognize nephrology nurses contributions to patient care. NNW is also instrumental in sparking 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 ANNA, Nephrology Nursing Week and careers in the specialty is available at www.annanurse.org (phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). ### ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.