7/7/15 - Nurses to Explore New Career Tracks, Learn Latest Practice Advances at Nephrology Nursing Conference

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Nurses to Explore New Career Tracks, Learn Latest Practice Advances at Nephrology Nursing Conference

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Fall Meeting 2015
October 10-12, 2015 • J.W. Marriott • Austin, TX

Pitman, NJ – Keeping the door open to new career tracks is essential to nephrology nurses. The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting, slated for October 10-12, 2015, in Austin, TX, will offer both learning and networking opportunities so nurses can explore new areas within the specialty to challenge them professionally.

The meeting is designed for nephrology nurses whose role includes clinical practice, advance practice, and/or nursing management. The nurses will choose from sessions coded by topic and organized into the following tracks: Advanced Practice, Current ‘Hot” Topic or Issue, Management/Leadership, Nursing Practice Potpourri, and Pharmacology Content.

“The hands-on skills sessions are always popular, and the nurses enjoy being able to customize their own program to fit their individual goals,” said ANNA President Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN. “Nephrology nursing is always changing, and with new challenges like Ebola arising, we have also included timely topics they need to know right now.”

Attendees can earn up to 11.5 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours plus up to 10.5 contact hours for optional workshops. Up to 7.5 pharmacology hours are also available plus up to 3.75 additional pharmacology hours for optional workshops.

The meeting draws the industry’s top experts and innovators, and attendees will round out their learning experience with visits to the exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and special events.

Complete information is available on the Fall Meeting home page, including the program, general information, hotel and travel, and online registration.

Program Highlights

Preconferences will be held Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, with concurrent sessions running Sunday and Monday, October 11-12. Courses include the following:

  • APN Toolbox (preconference 020) – A group of leading experts will share tips and resources essential to nurse practitioners. Topics include chest x-ray interpretation, urine microscopy, and biomarkers used to determine pathologic processes.
  • Vascular Access (hands-on workshop 040) – Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN, one of the most popular conference speakers each year, will share a wealth of knowledge on vascular access and safe cannulation techniques.
  • Transplant Tourism: You Got Your Kidneys From Where? (concurrent session 141) – Patients who have been on the U.S. waiting list travel abroad to buy kidneys. Presenter Karin True, MD, will explain more to attendees about this risky trend, as well as the nurse’s role and strategies to help patients in need.
  • Renal Failure and Burns (concurrent session 144) – Speaker Mario Rivera, MAJ, AN, BSN, RN, will help nurses understand the complex issue of acute kidney injury (AKI) in burn patients and update them on the latest treatments.
  • Ebola Virus Disease and Renal Replacement Therapy: Do You Know Where Your Patient Has Been? (concurrent session 221) – Expert Michael Connor, Jr, MD, will explain the pathophysiology of Ebola, describe how nurses can protect themselves from contracting the disease, and educate them on how to dialyze a patient with Ebola. 


The program and online registration form are available on the ANNA Fall Meeting home page. Those who would like a printed brochure can contact the ANNA National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ, 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax: 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@annanurse.org.

More information about ANNA and membership is available at annanurse.org.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 9,500 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.