August 11, 2004 Contact: Elise Denmonelise@ajj.com; (856) 256-2300 x2411 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians to Convene for American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Meeting PITMAN, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will hold its third annual Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians on October 16-18, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA. Over 350 nurses are expected to attend the conference. The conference will offer education sessions designed for nephrology nurses who practice in a variety of clinical settings. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, attend special events, and earn continuing education credits. In the exhibit hall, over 35 booths will display the industry’s latest products and technologies. More information and a complete brochure are available at ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org. Program The meeting will feature a choice of two optional preconferences on Saturday, October 16: “Chronic Kidney Disease: Easing the Journey,” and “Keys to a Successful Regulatory Survey Experience.” Also that day, Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD, ANP, will kick off the conference with a two-part general session, “The Evolving Roles of Nephrology Nurses.” Ms. Buppert will provide insights into the legal and provisionary indices that allow nurses to become patient advocates without fear or reprisal. The October 17-18 concurrent sessions are organized by tracks and include the following topics: Advanced Practice Track: Joint pain and mobility; wound healing; diagnosing and treating sleep apnea; preventing infections. Management Track: Recruitment and retention; patient safety; managing conflict; emerging trends in nursing; health care economics. Clinical Practice - Acute Renal Failure Track: Treatment modalities for acute renal failure; polypharmacy in nephrology; hypertension and cardiovascular risks. Clinical Practice - Renal Replacement Therapy Track: Water treatment for dialysis; transplantation; update on the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI); future of home dialysis; emerging infectious diseases. Continuing Education Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 26.2 contact hours of continuing education credit. 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 features many networking opportunities along with sponsored special events including: Management of Catheter Dysfunction for Better Patient Outcomes: A Team-Based Approach A lunch symposium sponsored by Genentech, Inc., on Saturday, October 16. Recognizing the Impact of Anemia-Related Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Patients A breakfast symposium sponsored by Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., on Sunday, October 17. Towards Better Control in CKD: Improving Anemia Management A lunch symposium sponsored by American Regent, Inc., on Sunday, October 17. Vitamin D: The Impact on Morbidity and Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients- A dinner symposium sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, on Sunday, October 17. Morbidity and Mortality in Dialysis Patients A breakfast symposium sponsored by Amgen on Monday, October 18. Certification Exams The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nursing (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nursing (CDN) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Friday, October 15, from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A separate registration fee and registration 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 registration information and on-line registration 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 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. # # # ANNA is a professional association comprised of more than 11,500 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.