The American Nephrology Nurses Association improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science.
Mission: The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science.
Vision: Influence kidney health through the expertise of nephrology nurses.
The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) is the professional association that represents nurses who work in all areas of nephrology. Established as a nonprofit organization in 1969, ANNA has a membership of more than 6,000 registered nurses in almost 67 local chapters across the United States. Members practice in all areas of nephrology, including hemodialysis, chronic kidney disease, peritoneal dialysis, acute care, and transplantation. Most of our members work in freestanding dialysis units, hospital outpatient units, and hospital inpatient units.
ANNA develops and updates standards of clinical practice, educates practitioners, stimulates and supports research, disseminates knowledge and new ideas, promotes interdisciplinary communication and cooperation, and monitors and addresses issues encompassing the breadth of practice of nephrology nursing.
ANNA believes that the demand for quality nephrology patient care will continue to grow in the future, especially with the many changes occurring within health care and, specifically, within the specialty of nephrology. We believe that our nurses are in a unique position to enhance the quality of care delivered to individuals with kidney disease.
We believe that through the continued education of nurses in the field of nephrology, we can have a positive impact on the care of individuals with kidney disease. We further believe that a sound educational program is necessary to develop, maintain, and augment competence in practice. We actively support research to both develop evidence-based practice as well as to advance nursing science. We believe in the team approach to patient care and support interdisciplinary collaboration as essential to the delivery of cost-effective, high quality patient care.
The Association’s Strategic Plan articulates what the Association wants to achieve for its members and other stakeholders. It describes the Association's mission, vision, core beliefs, goals, and strategic initiatives.
2022 Year in Review
2022-2023 Annual Report
- National Symposium
- Nephrology Nursing Summit (formerly ANNA Fall Meeting/Nephrology Nursing Practice, Management, & Leadership Conference)
- Local Chapter Programs
- Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Workshop
- Online Educational Library
- Health Policy Workshop
- Nephrology Nursing Journal
- ANNA Update (newsletter)
- Contemporary Nephrology Nursing Textbook
- Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing
- Nephrology Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice
- Standards of Clinical Practice for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
- Nephrology Nursing Certification Review Guide
Publications are available for purchase in the ANNA Online Store.
ANNA’s mission is to advance the specialty and nurture every ANNA member. We achieve these goals by providing the highest quality educational products, programs, and services. Our members are leaders who advocate for patients, mentor each other, and lobby legislators, all to inspire excellence.
The ANNA Open Forum is an online discussion group designed to help you connect with your friends and colleagues within ANNA. The Open Forum is part of ANNA Connected – the online social and professional networking resource exclusively for ANNA members. The Open Forum fosters camaraderie and support among members. We encourage you to use the Open Forum to connect, share, and communicate with your nephrology colleagues!
Share your talents and energy with ANNA! There are many ways for members to get involved in the organization — from unique, short-term projects to engagement in our Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs) or committees to service on the Board of Directors.
ANNA works closely with partners in the kidney and nursing communities to raise awareness about kidney disease and to educate state and federal policymakers about the vital role nurses play in patient care.
Includes 67 chapters, 8 committees, 55 student members, and 9 specialty practice networks
Our members completed 36,741 contact hours in 2021 which is 7% more than 2020.
In 2022, we offered $111,050 worth of awards, scholarships, and grants to our members.
Since it was established as a nonprofit organization in 1969, ANNA has been serving members who span the nephrology nursing spectrum. ANNA has a membership of over 8,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals at all levels of practice. Members work in such areas as conservative management, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, transplantation, industry, and government/regulatory agencies.
ANNA is committed to advancing the nephrology nursing specialty and nurturing every ANNA member. We achieve these goals by providing the highest quality educational products, programs, and services. Our members are leaders who advocate for patients, mentor each other, and lobby legislators, all to inspire excellence.
ANNA’s mission is to advance the specialty and nurture every ANNA member.