6/21/12 - Nephrology Nurses to Advance Skills, Explore Career Tracks at National Conference

Information: Janet D'Alesandro
(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

Nephrology Nurses to Advance Skills, Explore Career Tracks at National Conference

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting 2012
September 28-30 • Palmer House Hilton • Chicago, IL

Pitman, NJ – Nephrology nurses, managers, and advanced practitioners will have some outstanding opportunities to improve their practice and skills at the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses, September 28-30, 2012, in Chicago, IL.

The meeting, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton, includes a program carefully designed to address the challenges nurses face in caring for individuals with chronic kidney disease in a variety of settings and across the lifespan.

To help attendees focus on their specific interests within a variety of nephrology settings, conference sessions are organized into tracks: Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Management/Leadership, Current “Hot” Topics or Issues and sessions with Pharmacology Content. All courses are presented by the specialty’s leading experts.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network, attend special events and earn continuing nursing education contact hours. In the exhibit hall, attendees will meet with industry representatives and other vendors who will bring forward the latest products, technologies and services.

More information about the ANNA Fall Meeting and a complete registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

There will be five optional preconference workshops this year (three full-day sessions and two half-day sessions). The full-day sessions, offered on Thursday, September 27, focus on nurses moving into new roles, including, “New RNs to Nephrology Practice,” “New APRNs to Nephrology Practice,” and “New to Nephrology Management.”

The optional half-day sessions will follow on Friday, September 28, and include “The Impact of the Quality Incentive Program on Practice,” and “Impaired Cognition and CKD.”

The conference’s opening general session will follow, with Divina Grossman, PhD, RN, FAAN, presenting, “Cultural Competency: Learning to Do and Say the Right Thing.” Dr. Grossman will discuss the effects of culture, community, and family across the lifespan.

Concurrent sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday, with a wide array of topics that include:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Kinetics
  • Undocumented CKD Patients
  • Pharmacology
  • Giving a Deposition

On Sunday, September 30, Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW, will present the closing session, “Compassion Fatigue: Are We at Risk?” With Meier’s help, attendees will learn to differentiate the concept of compassion fatigue and burnout and implement strategies to promote self-care and rejuvenate their passion for nursing.

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 12.75 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, plus additional contact hours for the preconference workshops. Up to 300 minutes of pharmacology credit is available at the conference.

ANNA is accredited as a provider and approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center-Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Certification Exams
On Thursday, September 27, the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will offer the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) exam, the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) exam, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) exam. A separate registration fee and form are required for each exam. For more information, contact the NNCC National Office at 888-884-6622 or 856-256-2321. Applications may also be downloaded on the NNCC Web site, www.nncc-exam.org.

Complete information and an online registration brochure are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org. For additional information, contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ, 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax: 856-589-7493; e-mail: anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 10,000 members. Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.