Nephrology Nursing Journal

The Nephrology Nursing Journal is a refereed clinical and scientific resource that provides current information on a wide variety of subjects to facilitate the practice of professional nephrology nursing. Its purpose is to disseminate information on the latest advances in research, practice, and education to nephrology nurses to positively influence the quality of care they provide.

Nephrology Nursing Journal

The Nephrology Nursing Journal is designed to meet the educational and information needs of nephrology nurses in a variety of roles at all levels of practice. It also serves as a source for nonnephrology nurses. Its content expands the knowledge base for nephrology nurses, stimulates professional growth, guides research-based practice, presents new technological developments, and provides a forum for review of critical issues promoting the advancement of nephrology nursing practice.

    NNJ has been vetted by the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) and is included in the INANE Nursing Journal Directory.

    Highlights from the Current Issue - March/April 2023

    • Early Intervention for Steal Syndrome in Patients on Hemodialysis
    • Effects of Exercise on Physiologic and Psychologic Outcomes in Patients with End Stage Kidney Disease on Hemodialysis: A Quasi-Experimental Study
    • The Effect of Acupressure and Cryotherapy on the Pain of Patients on Hemodialysis During Arteriovenous Fistula Cannulation: A Randomized Crossover Clinical Trial
    • Perceptions and Experiences of High-Intensity Interval Training in Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Big HIIT?
    • The Role of Iron-Based Phosphate Binder in the Treatment of Hyperphosphatemia
    • A 50th Anniversary Visit to the Nephrology Nursing Journal Archives: The Early Years

    The Nephrology Nursing Journal is the official publication of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Journal has seen many changes through the years and has even had four different titles during its long and distinguished history. The association’s official publication began in 1974 as The Journal of the American Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians, when the organization was known as AANNT. That title was shortened in 1980 the to AANNT Journal, before changing over to the ANNA Journal in 1985 when the organization became known as the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). Finally, the publication became known as the Nephrology Nursing Journal in February 2000 to reflect the journal’s global goal to reach readers within ANNA as well as those outside the organization and the specialty.

    The publication has had five different editors throughout its tenure, including current Editor-in-Chief Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN.

    Past Issues

    Electronic Edition Archive

    An archive of the Nephrology Nursing Journal (2014 to current) is available to ANNA members via the Electronic Edition. To access the archive, log into the current electronic edition, click on the menu icon at the top left, and choose "Archive" or "Contents View".

    Electronic Edition with Archive

    Article Archive in ANNA Online Library

    Nephrology Nursing Journal articles (2000 to current) are available in the ANNA Online Library. ANNA members have free access to the journal articles. Nonmembers can access journal content for a fee.

    Journal Article Archive in the Online Library

    Features/Open Access 

    The following featured articles were published in Nephrology Nursing Journal. These articles have been selected as noteworthy or of particular interest to the nursing community. Full access to featured articles is available for a limited time. Nephrology Nursing Journal is published six times a year and a benefit of ANNA membership. To receive the journal, please join ANNA or subscribe by clicking on one of the options above.

    Nephrology Nursing Journal Celebrates 50th Anniversary


    Home Dialysis Therapies

    Nephrology Nursing Work Environment / Mental Health

    Venous Needle Dislodgement


    COVID-19 Pandemic: Nephrology Experiences (Series)

    UAP/LVN Scope of Practice

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    Author Guidelines

    The Nephrology Nursing Journal is the official publication of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Journal is a refereed clinical and scientific publication that provides current information on a wide variety of subjects to facilitate the practice of professional nephrology nursing. Its purpose is to disseminate information on the latest advances in research, practice, and education to nephrology nurses and to positively influence the quality of care provided.

    The Nephrology Nursing Journal welcomes both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts and suggestions for articles. Manuscript queries should be submitted to All materials must be original and submitted for the exclusive use of the Nephrology Nursing Journal.

    Manuscript submissions to Nephrology Nursing Journal should be sent to Author guidelines are available below.

    Advertise in Nephrology Nursing Journal

    The Nephrology Nursing Journal is the official publication of ANNA. It provides a forum for this vital health care specialty as ANNA strives to collectively fulfill its purpose to set forth and update high standards of patient care, educate its practitioners, stimulate research, disseminate new ideas through the field, promote interdisciplinary communication and cooperation, and address issues encompassing the practice of nephrology nursing.

    The Nephrology Nursing Journal is published six times a year. It is a refereed clinical and scientific resource that provides current information on a wide variety of subjects to facilitate the practice of professional nephrology nursing. The Journal's purpose is to disseminate information on the latest advances in research, practice, and education to nephrology nurses to positively influence the quality of care they provide.

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    NNJ Extra

    NNJ Extra is brought to you by the Nephrology Nursing Journal, the official journal of the American Nephrology Nurses Association. NNJ Extra provides expanded content, such as interviews and roundtable discussions related to articles published in the journal and issues in nephrology nursing.

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    Note: 0.75 contact hours are available for free for the podcast episode, "Caring for Nephrology Patients and Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of the Northwest Kidney Centers." Earn contact hours in ANNA Online Library.

    Editorial Board


    Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN
    Pearland, TX

    Beth Ulrich is a nationally recognized nursing leader who is known for her research on nursing work environments and the experiences of new graduate nurses as they transition into the workforce as well as for her leadership in developing the roles of nephrology nurses and improving the care of nephrology patients. Beth began her nephrology nursing career in 1972 and served ANNA as Secretary, Southeast Vice President, and President (1984-1985). She was recognized for her contributions to ANNA in 2009 when she was awarded “The Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award."

      Associate Editor

      Linda Wright, DrNP, RN, CNN, CCTC

      Linda Wright is the Clinical Manager of Abdominal Organ Transplant at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

      Statements of Disclosure

      Authors, NNJ Editor, NNJ Editorial board, content reviewers and ANNA Director of Education Services reported no relevant financial relationships in relation to this nursing professional development (NCPD) activity.

      Paula Dutka has disclosed that she is a coordinator of Clinical Trials for the following sponsors: Amgen, Rockwell Medical, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Akebia Therapeutics, and Dynavax Technologies.

      Editorial Board Members

      Jami S. Brown, DHEd, MSN, RN, CNN

      Jami S. Brown is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

      Jean Colaneri, ACNP-BC, CNN
      Department Editor: Nephrology Nursing Roundtable

      Jean Colaneri is a nurse practitioner at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, NY.

      Paula Dutka, MSN, RN, CNN
      Department Editor: Professional Issues, What's New in Nephrology

      Paula Dutka is Director of Education/Research Nephrology Network at Winthrop-University Hospital in Long Island, NY.

      Mary S. Haras, PhD, MBA, APN, NP-C, CNN

      Mary S. Haras is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, DC.

      Lori Harwood, PhD, RN(EC), CNeph(C)

      Lori Harwood is a nurse practitioner at the Adam Linton Hemodialysis Unit, Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, in London, Ontario, Canada.

      Jennifer Payton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNN

      Jennifer Payton is a surveyor for the National Dialysis Accreditation Commission (NDAC).

      Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN

      Nancy Colobong Smith is a clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner - Renal, Dialysis, and Transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

        NCPD Articles

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        Manuscript Review Panel

        Information and resources related to the manuscript review process for the Nephrology Nursing Journal, including a current roster of the Manuscript Review Panel members. The manuscript review form is available both as a convenience for our reviewers and to provide authors and potential authors with an inside look at the review process.

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        Manuscript Reviewers

          Laurie Amburn, BA, RN, CNN
          Henry Ford Health System
          Detroit, MI

          Jenny Bell, BSN, RN, CNN
          Banner University Medical Center
          Phoenix, AZ

          Geraldine Biddle, RN, CNN, CPHQ
          Nephrology Nurse Consultants
          Loudonville, NY

          Monet Carnahan, BSN, RN, CDN
          Nephros Inc.
          Nashville, TN

          Caroline S. Counts, MSN, RN, CNN
          Medical University of South Carolina
          Charleston, SC

          Gail DeWald, BS, RN, CNN
          San Antonio, TX

          Sonia Duran-Aguilar, MSN, MPH, RN, CNL
          Kaweah Delta Health Care Distric
          Porterville, CA

          Cheryl Groenhoff, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN
          Baxter Healthcare
          St. Johns, FL

          Jane Hafner, BSN, RN, CNN
          NxStage Medical
          Fairway, KS

          Lori Harwood, MSc, RN
          London Health Sciences Centre
          London, Ontario,

          Diana Hlebovy, BSN, RN, CNN, CHN
          Elyria, OH

          Kathi Huenink, MA, RN, CNN
          Amgen, Inc.
          Thousand Oaks, CA

          Jean Jacko, PhD, RN
          Capital University School of Nursing
          Columbus, OH

          Marijo Johnson, BSN, RN, CNN
          Fresenius Medical
          Muskegon, MI

          Betsy King, MSN, RN, CNN
          White Plains, NY

          Dawn Koonkongsatian, MSN, Ed, RN, CNN
          Nevada State College
          Las Vegas, NV

          Maryam Lyon, MSN, RN, CNN
          Hondros College
          Sidney, OH

          Nancy McAfee, MN, RN, CNN
          Seattle Children's Hospital
          Seattle, WA

          Barbara McKie, MSN, RN, CNN
          Fresenius Medical Care
          Tulsa, OK

          Vicki Montoya, PhD, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
          Nephrology Associates of Central Florida
          Orlando, FL

          Mary Lee Neuberger, MSN, RN, CNN
          University of Iowa Children's Hospital
          Coralville, IA

          Clara Neyhart, BSN, RN, CNN
          UNC Chapel Hill
          Chapel Hill, NC

          Elyssa Noce, BSN, RN, CDN
          Branford, CT

          Anthony Noska
          Jesse Brown VAMC
          Homer Glen, IL

          Sheila O'Day, MSN, APRN, CNN, CNN-NP
          Phoenix, AZ

          Barbara Odom, BSN, RN, CDN
          DCH Regional Medical Center
          Northport, AL

          Nancy Pierce, BSN, RN, CNN
          St. Peters Hospital
          Ellison, MT

          Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN
          Fresenius Medical Care
          Lawrenceville, GA

          Debralee Quinn, MSN, RN-BC, CNN, CH-GCN, CCM
          Stoneham, MA

          Paula Richards, MSN, RN, CNN
          Fresenius Medical Care
          Perkasie, PA

          Elizabeth St. John, MSN, RN, CNN
          FMC Upper Midwest Area
          Oconomowoc, WI

          Linda Takvorian, MSN, RN, CNN
          Los Angeles, CA

          Helen Williams, MSN, CNN
          Western Nephrology
          Elizabeth, CO

          Barbara Wilson, MScN, RN, CNeph(C)
          London Health Sciences Centre
          London, Ontario, Canada

          Nephrology Nursing Journal Manuscript Review Panel Disclosures

          Jean Jacko, PhD, RN, has disclosed that she is a Major Stock Shareholder of Pfizer, Inc.


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