August 6, 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet DAlesandro (856) 256-2422; email@example.com American Nephrology Nurses Association to Present Fall Meeting for Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians PITMAN, NJ The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) will hold its second annual Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians on October 18-20, 2003, at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, GA. The conference will offer education sessions designed for nephrology nurses who practice in a variety of clinical settings. More information and a complete brochure are available at ANNAs Web site, www.annanurse.org. Focusing on the theme "Influencing the Future Climate of Nephrology through Politics, Mentoring, and Clinical Expertise," conference participants will learn about the latest treatments for nephrology patients, enhance their clinical skills, accelerate their professional development, and learn from the top nephrology experts. Program The meeting will feature a choice of two optional preconference sessions on Saturday, October 18: Make Politics Your Passion to Improve Patient Care, and Vascular Access Proactive Approaches. General sessions offered October 18-19 include Back to the Future: End Stage Renal Disease Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and "Maintaining Professionalism in a Chaotic Climate. The October 19-20 concurrent sessions are organized by tracks and include the following: Operations/Management Track: Recruiting and retention; mentoring; developing reward and recognition programs; managers challenges during mergers and acquisitions. Advanced Practice Track: Cardiovascular epidemiology in end stage renal disease (ESRD); arrhythmia management in ESRD. Clinical Practice Acute Renal Failure (ARF) Track: ARF epidemiology and pathophysiology; ARF therapies and treatment outcomes. Clinical Practice Infection Control Track: Infection surveillance and prevention (risks, incidence, prevalence); implementing an infection surveillance and control program. Professional Issues Track: The effect of HIPAA on nephrology; work environment study presentation; techniques to help with the pressures of a caring profession. Special Events and General Information The conference features many networking opportunities along with sponsored special events. On Sunday, October 19, there will be an American Regent Lunch Symposium on Options and Issues in Anemia Management. On Monday, October 20, the Amgen Breakfast Symposium will explore Anemia Management: Practical Approaches to Challenging Patients. During the conference, participants will also be able to tour an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services in the field. Continuing Education This conference offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 21.4 contact hours. 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 17, from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A separate registration fee and registration form are required for each exam. For more information and applications, call the NNCC National Office toll free at (888) 884-6622 or (856) 256-2321; or visit the NNCC Web site at www.nncc-exam.org. Fall Meeting Brochures Available To receive a registration brochure for the ANNA Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Clinicians, 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 The complete registration brochure is also available on ANNAs Web site at www.annanurse.org. For more information on ANNA, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue/Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 1-888-600-ANNA or (856) 256-2320; fax: 856-589-7463; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org. ### ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.