5/22/13 - Treatment Advances Generate Excitement, Innovation at American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
janetd@ajj.com; 856-256-2422

PITMAN, NJ – More than 1,000 nephrology nurses convened recently in Las Vegas, NV, for the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) 44th National Symposium, the specialty’s landmark annual education event that features the country’s top experts as well as networking and leadership opportunities.

Nurses and other health care professionals attended sessions at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, April 21-24, on hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, and other areas germane to the specialty.

“ANNA’s focus is to inspire nephrology nurses with the best education and resources so they can enhance the quality of care for their patients with kidney disease,” said Norma Gomez, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN, ANNA’s new president. “The energy and excitement at the symposium have the end result that everyone wins: the nurses, their patients, and their facilities.”

According to Gomez, the event isn’t all work. ANNA holds a “Big Event Dance Party” that is a hit every year, and celebrates award and scholarship winners during special events. There are also opportunities for attendees to connect with colleagues and tour the exhibit hall to meet vendors and learn about the latest nephrology-related innovations.

Staying current on advances in nephrology nursing practice is crucial for these nurses, Gomez said, because the specialty calls for sophisticated skills and high-level critical thinking. Kidney disease, which has been steadily climbing for decades, is complex and treatments are often lifesaving or life preserving.

A full recap of symposium highlights is available on the National Symposium page of the ANNA website. The site also features a complete listing of ANNA award, scholarship and grant recipients.

Symposium Highlights

Outgoing ANNA President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, of Duncanville, TX, hosted the symposium’s Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, April 21. The first general session followed with Aila Accad, MSN, RN, author and stress reduction expert, speaking on managing stress to help keep patients safe.

On Monday, April 22, Thomas Parker III, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, and Quality Committee Chair for Renal Ventures Management, delivered the meeting’s Janel Parker Memorial Plenary Address on changes in prescribing and delivering hemodialysis.

A landmark evidence-based practice research study, “Perceptions of Patients and Hemodialysis Catheter Outcomes with No Dressing Coverage and Prescribed Showering,” funded by ANNA, was presented at the symposium on Tuesday, April 23.

New Officers

ANNA’s 2013-14 officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 23. During special ceremonies, incoming President Gomez, who is from Russellville, TN, formally accepted the transition of responsibility from outgoing President Payne.

Also inducted during the dinner were Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, of Southgate, MI, (national president-elect); Charla Litton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN, of Haughton, LA (national treasurer); Paula Richards, MSN, RN, CNN, of Perkasie, PA (director); and Phyllis Wille, MS, RN, FNP-C, CNN, of Champaign, IL (director). New members of ANNA’s Chapter Support Team were also inducted. They are Lisa Balk, RN, CNN, of Lansdale, PA; Rhonda Duggan, BSN, RN, CCTC, of Harrisburg; and Carol Pope, MSN, RN, CNN, NP-C, of Blue Springs.

Awards and Honors

At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $100,000 in scholarships, grants and awards and honored both individuals and ANNA chapters for service.

2014 Symposium

ANNA’s 45th National Symposium will be held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, April 13-16, 2014. For more information about ANNA, visit the ANNA Website (www.annanurse.org); call 888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members.
Its mission is to promote excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.