Special Practice Networks (SPN)

Welcome to SPN Central, the home base for ANNA's Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs). SPNs are a benefit of ANNA membership and provide you with opportunities to network with other nurses in the various nephrology subspecialties. SPNs enable you to connect with colleagues with similar interests, discuss nursing issues and concerns, and collaborate to create solutions to today's practice challenges.

Specialty Practice Networks (SPN)

SPN Participation

To add or edit your participation in SPNs, click below and then select the Edit/Add button next to SPN Participation. (Note: You will be prompted to log into your ANNA member account if you are not already logged in.)

Add or Change Your SPN Participation


Volunteer for a SPN Leadership Role


Policy & Procedures


SPN Online Discussion Groups

Click below to learn more about each SPN and use the link provided to connect directly to the SPN's online discussion group (in ANNA Connected) where you can ask your practice questions and network with a community of nephrology nurses!  (Note: The online discussions groups in ANNA Connected are a benefit of ANNA membership. To join a discussion, you will be prompted to log into your ANNA member account (if you are not already logged in.)

Questions? Go to the ANNA Connected Help page for help with logging in to ANNA Connected, managing your profile and contacts, sending a discussion group message, and editing your subscription settings.

Acute Care


Advanced Practice

Chronic Kidney Disease



Home Therapies




Patient Education Resources

Patients may have limited awareness and knowledge about a kidney disease diagnosis and risk factors. Looking for information to reinforce patient education? Click on the links below to access many useful patient education resources.

Online Resources

  • American Association of Kidney Patients – AAKP provides educational information, newsletters, videos, and magazines about chronic kidney disease (CKD). Links to support groups, events, and recipes also are included.
  • American Kidney Fund
  • ANNA Fact Sheets
  • Kidney School™ – Kidney School™ is a free educational program for patients with CKD stages 3-5. It has several modules (available in English and Spanish) that patients can view online, download an audio version, or print. Professional resources are also available (licensing agreement available online).
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program – This page on the NKDEP website provides information for patients about CKD, diet, understanding test results, hypertension, risk factors, and much more.
  • National Kidney Foundation – This patient information center on the NKF website provides links for peer support, dietary coaching, and education for patients and their families
  • NKF Kidney Quiz - This interactive quiz provides basic information about CKD and upon completion links the patient to an educational handout about risk of developing CKD.

Educational Handouts

Specific Topic Areas

Health Literacy Considerations

A patient’s health literacy level should be considered when providing patient education. The readability of some educational material may be at a higher level than the patient is able to understand. Below is a list of resources that may be useful when trying to determine a patient’s health literacy level.