5/22/12 - Nurses Learn Practice Innovations at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

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Nurses Learn Practice Innovations at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

Pitman, NJ – With the rate of kidney disease climbing relentlessly for years, nephrology nurses know they can best help their patients by staying on top of the latest advances.

One of their most effective resources is the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) National Symposium, which draws the industry's leading experts and speakers. This year, more than 1,000 nurses convened in Orlando, FL, for the conference, which was held April 29 to May 2, 2012.

The symposium featured sessions on hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, and many other clinical and professional development topics. Attendees also enjoyed special events, networked with colleagues, and met with vendors in the exhibit hall.

"Nephrology nursing requires a very sophisticated skill set, so it is imperative nurses learn the new technologies and educate themselves on how to be advocates on a broader scale," said Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, ANNA's new president. "I spoke with several attendees who were so excited about what they learned and the connections they made to others in their area of practice. I'm so glad that our conferences provide these opportunities."

Nephrology nurses care for patients with potential or progressive kidney disease. It is a challenging specialty that requires advanced knowledge and continuing education, due to the complex nature of kidney disease. It is also a specialty that is in demand due to increasing numbers of Americans suffering from kidney – or related – illnesses.

A full recap of symposium highlights is available on the National Symposium page of the ANNA Web site, www.annanurse.org. The site also features a complete listing of ANNA award, scholarship, and grant recipients, as well as a photo gallery.

Outgoing ANNA President Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, BC, CNE, hosted the symposium's Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, April 29. The first general session followed with Kathy Dempsey, CSP, a former ER nurse who was America's first health care worker diagnosed with AIDS from workplace exposure, speaking on how to adapt to the changes in today's health care system.

On Monday, April 30, health care consultant Ceci Connolly delivered the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Connolly discussed the implications of health care reform for the nursing profession in general and nephrology nursing in particular.

New Officers
ANNA's 2012-13 officers were inducted during the Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1. Incoming President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, of Duncanville, TX, accepted the transition of responsibility from outgoing President Dr. Rowena Elliott, of Petal, MS.

Also inducted during the luncheon were Norma Gomez, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN, of Russellville, TN (national president-elect); Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN, of Everett, WA (national secretary); Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, of Birmingham, AL (Southeast vice president); Sheila Doss-McQuitty, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA, of San Jose, CA (Western vice president); Marianne Neumann, RN, CNN, of Rensselaer, NY (Northeast chapters coordinator-elect [CCE]); Sara Kennedy, BSN, RN, CNN, of Hoover, AL (Southeast CCE); Nancy Smith, BSN, RN, CNN, of Kerkhoven, MN (North Central CCE); and Susie Soares-Phillips, RN, CNN, of Turlock, CA (Western CCE).

View complete list of ANNA's Board of Directors with photos


Awards and Honors
At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $100,000 in scholarships, grants and awards and honored both individuals and ANNA chapters for service.

View complete listing of ANNA award, scholarship, and grant recipients.

2013 Symposium
ANNA's 44th National Symposium will be held April 21-24, 2013, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. 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.