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Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
PITMAN, NJ – Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, of Russellville, TN, was formally inducted as national president of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) during the association’s recent 44th Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.
Gomez assumed her new position during ANNA’s Nurse Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 23, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. She accepted the transfer of responsibility from outgoing President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, of Duncanville, TX.
“It’s a great honor to be trusted to lead ANNA, “Gomez told the audience.” I will work to solidify the transformation underway and move ANNA to the next phase.” During her speech, she also asked each member to take action to help ANNA become an even more proactive, powerful, and innovative association for nephrology nursing.
As president, Gomez will lead one of the country’s largest nursing associations. During her term, she will serve on the ANNA National Board of Directors and will be a liaison to assigned committees. She will guide the association as it implements its strategic plan, which includes promoting excellence in nephrology health care, as well as providing outstanding services to ANNA’s 10,000 members.
Gomez, who has been an active member of ANNA at the local, regional and national levels for 36 years, received the association’s highest award in 2011, the “Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award,” for exceptional leadership and dedication. She has served as president of her local chapter, as ANNA’s national secretary, national treasurer, and on the ANNA Board of Directors.
Gomez has also chaired numerous ANNA committees, task forces, and Special Interest Groups. During her tenure as chair of the Recruitment and Retention Task Force (2002-2003), ANNA’s membership hit record-breaking numbers. Gomez also worked on several ANNA publications, serving as editor of the Nephrology Nursing Certification Review Guide, 4th Edition, as well as co-author and editor of the section on “Emergency and Disaster Preparedness” in the Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing, 5th Edition. Most recently, Gomez was editor of the Nephrology Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 7th Edition.
Gomez, who is currently president of NJG Consultants, Inc., in Russellville, TN, has also been a staff nurse, educator, manager, and researcher during her career. She has been particularly devoted to educating nephrology nurses, and collaborated with ANNA members in Jacksonville, FL, to establish a local ANNA chapter. She also developed a continuing education program for nurses in that state and spearheaded a vascular access care program that helped decrease catheter use in patients with chronic kidney disease.
ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members.
Its mission is to promote excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.