8/7/07 - Weeklong Celebration Honors Nephrology Nurses

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Weeklong Celebration Honors Nephrology Nurses

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association invites hospitals, dialysis facilities and others to honor nurses during Nephrology Nurses Week.

PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will spotlight the skills, caring and commitment of nephrology nurses during “Nephrology Nurses Week,” September 9-15, 2007.

The event will be celebrated across the country with activities recognizing and rewarding nephrology nurses, highly-educated specialists who care for patients with kidney disease. The theme for the week, “Caring for a Lifetime: It’s who we are…it’s what we do!” captures the teamwork and closeness that develops among nurses, patients and families during treatment that often spans many years.

Nephrology nurses care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. They must understand every organ system in the body and be familiar with many complex disease processes. To recognize and reward their expertise and dedication, ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as Nephrology Nurses Week.

“I am always struck by how passionate nephrology nurses are about their specialty,” said ANNA President Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN. “The challenges make it extremely rewarding and the nurses enjoy the continuity of helping their patients have a high quality of life. Patients recognize this and truly appreciate their nurses. This is why Nephrology Nurses Week has been so successful.”

ANNA launched the celebration in 2005 to give employers, patients and others an opportunity to thank nephrology nurses for their work. As in previous years, activities in 2007 will include special events, luncheons, education programs, special presentations and proclamations from local governments.

In addition to appreciating nurses with events in their honor, Bodin said ANNA also hopes to spark interest in other nurses about the multifaceted career opportunities available in nephrology.

About 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Of those patients, over 400,000 experience kidney failure. The rising number of people with kidney disease, many of whom are minorities, is in part attributed to the country’s obesity epidemic, an alarming trend that has led to more cases of diabetes and high blood pressure. These diseases are the leading causes of kidney failure.

More information about the work of nephrology nurses, the Nephrology Nurses Week celebration and products such as posters, pins and T-shirts promoting the event 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 patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.