5/1/14 - Nurses Focus on Patient Care, Safety, at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
janetd@ajj.com; 856-256-2422

PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses Association recently celebrated a successful 45th National Symposium in Anaheim, CA, welcoming its new leaders and honoring outstanding members with service awards. The meeting drew more than 800 nephrology nurses and other health care professionals for a wide variety of education sessions, networking, and special events.

With the number of Americans suffering from kidney disease rising steadily, this national event has become even more imperative to nurses and other providers who must stay current on best practices and treatment advances. The symposium attracts the country’s top experts as speakers, and nurses take home the latest innovations in evidence-based practice and research to better serve their patients.

“There are many opportunities for nurses to obtain education these days, but it’s difficult to not only match the sheer amount of interactive learning nephrology nurses glean from this symposium, but  to also match the high level of quality topics presented,” said Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, ANNA’s new president. “The excitement and face-to-face exchanges are my favorite part of the meeting every year. It truly does rejuvenate us on every level.” 

In addition to sessions on dialysis, hypertension, obesity management and other clinical topics, attendees also learned how to become effective nursing advocates, administrators, researchers, and leaders. In addition, ANNA provides networking and special events, the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits, and assembles industry representatives in the exhibit hall to interact with attendees and answer their questions.

At the symposium, held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center, ANNA also celebrated the year’s award and scholarship winners, and inducted its new leaders for 2014-15.

Visit the ANNA website for a full recap of the symposium and a complete list of ANNA award, scholarship and grant recipients.

Symposium Highlights

Outgoing ANNA President Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, kicked off the Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, April 13. The first general session followed with ANNA Past-President Gail Wick, MHSA, BSN, RN, CNN, taking a bird’s eye view of the specialty during her session “Nephrology Nursing: Highlighting the Past, Positioning for the Future.”

On Monday, April 14, renowned author and nursing theorist Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered the Janel Parker Memorial Plenary Session, “Clinical Wisdom and Interventions: The Skilled Know-How of Caring for Patients.”

Attendees participated in concurrent sessions that day through Wednesday, April 16, with the symposium ending with an optional postconference workshop, “Drug Potpourri: Issues in Drug Management for Persons with CKD,” presented by Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS.

New Officers

ANNA’s 2014-15 officers were inducted during the annual Nephrology Nurse Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 14. Incoming President Longton, who is from Southgate, MI, formally accepted the top leadership spot from outgoing President Gomez.

Also inducted that evening were President-Elect Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, of Birmingham, AL; Secretary Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN, of Edmond, OK; Director Alice Hellebrand, MSN, RN, CNN, of Dumont, NJ; and Director Nancy Pierce, BSN, RN, CNN, of Elliston, MT.

Complete list, ANNA 2014-15 Board of Directors

Awards and Honors

At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $100,000 in scholarships, grants and awards, and honored individuals for their volunteer service to ANNA.

Complete list of ANNA award, scholarship and grant recipients.

2015 Symposium

ANNA’s 46th National Symposium will be held April 19-22, 2015, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL. For more information about ANNA, visit the ANNA website (www.annanurse.org); call 888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or email anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 10,000 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.

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