FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet D'Alesandro 856-256-2422; email@example.com The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association will celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week, September 9-15, 2012. Facilities around the country will hold special events in the nurses’ honor. PITMAN, NJ – When Glenda Payne took the helm of one of the largest nursing associations in the country this year, her mission was to fire up every nurse she met about believing he or she could make a difference. “My goal is to have nephrology nurses realize they have the power to make a positive difference in nephrology nursing practice and thus change patients’ lives,” said Payne, who is president of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA). “Nephrology nurses work hard to deliver safe and effective care. This recognition week is meant to give them that extra boost and let them know how appreciated they are.” It’s her vision of focused empowerment that led Payne to choose the theme for one of ANNA’s landmark annual events, Nephrology Nurses Week (NNW): “Nephrology Nurses: You Make the Difference.” She explains more in a NNW letter praising nephrology nurses for their commitment and pointing out how much patients rely on nephrology nurses for both their safety and life-saving treatments. NNW, slated for September 9-15, 2012, will feature special events at dialysis units, hospitals, schools and other settings across the nation. Some states also honor nurses with gubernatorial proclamations and visits by congressional lawmakers. According to Payne, NNW is an excellent forum for employers, patients, and the community to thank nephrology nurses, who practice in both acute inpatient and chronic outpatient settings, as well as in research and education. She said the event also has the potential to increase public understanding of the nephrology nurse’s role and the challenges of kidney disease. The ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org, has an NNW section that contains suggestions on ‘Ways to Celebrate,’ an Online Toolkit for nephrology nurses to help them educate others, a poster (pdf), and NNW products that can be used as gifts for friends, co-workers, or employees. Background Nephrology nursing is one of the largest and most diverse nursing specialties in the country. Nephrology nurses care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease. Practice settings include dialysis clinics, hospitals, physician practices, transplant programs, and many other professional settings. ANNA launched NNW in 2005 to recognize nephrology nurses’ contributions and to inspire other nurses to enter the specialty. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions more are at risk. Kidney disease affects all ages, races, cultures, social classes and religions. The number of people diagnosed with kidney failure has doubled each decade for the last two decades and will likely continue to do so. More information about ANNA, Nephrology Nursing Week and careers in the specialty is available at www.annanurse.org; (phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). ### ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members. Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.