ANNA Fact Sheet

Mission Statement

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.


Established as a nonprofit organization in 1969, ANNA has a membership of over 10,000 nephrology nurses. ANNA operates under a constitution and bylaws and serves its members through a national structure and local chapters. Members include registered nurses and other health care professionals with varying experience and expertise in such areas as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, chronic kidney disease, conservative management, continuous renal replacement therapies, acute care, and transplantation.


10,182 Members (as of 3/31/13)

  • 86% RNs
    7% APRNs
  • 7% Other
  • Staff/Clinical Nurse - 48%
  • Head Nurse/Supervisor - 16%
  • Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist - 7%
  • Administration - 8%
  • Education - 8%
  • Coordinator - 4%
  • Case Manager - 1%
  • Other - 8%
Years in Nephrology
  • Twenty Plus - 35%
  • 10 - 19 Years - 33%
  • 5 - 9 Years - 15%
  • Less Than 5 Years - 17%


Members may join one of ANNA’s 98 local chapters. Chapters provide ANNA with a local and grassroots perspective of important issues in their area. Chapters also circulate important news and views between their members and the national office. ANNA provides volunteers with leadership development at its annual Volunteer Leaders Workshop.

Specialty Practice Networks

Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs) are networks of members with expertise in nephrology nursing. SPNs are a vehicle for networking with other professionals for information, advice, and support within the subspecialty. ANNA members can participate in any of eight SPNs: Acute Care, Administration, Advanced Practice, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hemodialysis, Home Therapies, Pediatrics, and Transplantation.

Membership Services

  • Nephrology Nursing Journal, bimonthly refereed publication
  • ANNA Update, bimonthly newsletter
  • ANNA RenalWEB E-News, biweekly electronic news bulletin
  • Educational Programs - National Symposium, Fall Meeting, Webinars, and Local Programs
  • Online Library - educational resource
  • ANNA Resource Corps (ARC), volunteer database to match member skills and expertise with volunteer activity demands
  • ANNA Connected, a professional networking resource for members
  • Position Papers and Fact Sheets
  • Publications at member discount prices
  • Contemporary Nephrology Nursing: Principles and Practice
  • Nephrology Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice
  • Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing
  • Career Fulfillment in Nephrology Nursing: Your Guide to Professional Development
  • Applying Continuous Quality Improvement in Clinical Practice
  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Review Guide

Organizational Structure

The National Board of Directors is elected annually by the membership and consists of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, and four Directors.

Committees/Work Groups

The following committees are in place: Awards & Scholarships, Conferences, Continuing Education Approval Board, Health Policy, Leadership Development, Nominations, Research, and ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST).

Educational Programs and National Events

ANNA offers educational resources to its members for their personal and professional development. Its Continuing Education Approval Board (CEAB) serves as an approval and recognition mechanism for continuing education providers. Advanced, intermediate, and basic educational programming is offered through the National Symposium, Fall Meeting, webinars, online activities, CNE articles in the Nephrology Nursing Journal, and numerous chapter programs.

Future national programs and events include:

National Symposium
  • 2014 - April 13-16 - Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center
  • 2015 - April 19-22 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL
Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses
  • 2014 - October 11-13 - Westin Savannah Harbor & Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, GA

Nephrology Nursing Journal

ANNA publishes the Nephrology Nursing Journal six times per year. The journal is a refereed publication and accepts only original, peer-reviewed articles. Advertising opportunities and corporate sponsored education opportunities are available.

Corporate/Sustaining Membership

Companies are invited to join ANNA as Corporate-Plus Members for an annual contribution of $10,000, as Corporate Members for an annual contribution of $5,000, or as Sustaining Members for an annual contribution of $2,500. Corporate-Plus, Corporate, and Sustaining Members are recognized in the Nephrology Nursing Journal, ANNA Update, on ANNA's website, in conference program materials, and at the National Symposium. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact ANNA's National Office:

East Holly Avenue, Box 56
Pitman, NJ   08071-0056
Toll-free 888-600-ANNA (2662)
856-256-2320 / Fax 856-589-7463

Mike Cunningham, Executive Director
Tom Greene, Director of Marketing
Susan Iannelli, Marketing Manager/Executive Assistant
Lou Ann Leary, Director of Membership Services