5/22/12 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Honors Suzann VanBuskirk for Outstanding Service

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American Nephrology Nurses' Association Honors Suzann VanBuskirk for Outstanding Service

Pitman, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has awarded Suzann VanBuskirk, BSN, RN, CNN, with the association’s highest honor, the Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award. The award recognizes one ANNA member each year whose contributions have had a significant impact on the association. VanBuskirk is employed by DaVita, and is from Elkton, MD.

VanBuskirk received her award, which includes a lifetime ANNA membership and a commemorative plaque, during ANNA’s 43rd National Symposium in Orlando, FL, in April. She was recognized for her dedication to nephrology nursing, exceptional leadership skills, and passion for professional development and volunteerism.

“Suzann is a proven leader and administrator in the world of nephrology nursing and ANNA. This award shows our appreciation for her extraordinary contributions to ANNA and to the specialty,” said ANNA President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN.

VanBuskirk has been a dedicated member of ANNA for more than 30 years. She has served in a variety of roles at both the local and national level, including past ANNA president, national treasurer, chapter founder, and most recently, as a facilitator of the ANNA Board of Directors Strategic Plan revision.

She has also contributed her time and talents to chair numerous ANNA committees, task forces, and Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs), including the National Program Planning Committee and the Nominations/Bylaws Committee. During her tenure as president, she guided ANNA to a leading role in the nephrology community with her response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Under her leadership, members learned a great deal about disaster management, lessons that have been instrumental in dealing with subsequent natural disasters.

VanBuskirk’s career path includes positions as a staff nurse, instructor, manager, administrator, consultant, Director of Nursing, and much more. Her work has taken her from hospitals to large dialysis providers where she has focused on all types of care. She has committed herself, her time, and energy to advance the nephrology nursing practice.

For more information about ANNA, visit the association’s Web site at www.annanurse.org; call 888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.