7/2/13 - Hot Topics and Career Paths to be Explored at Nephrology Nursing Conference

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

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting 2013
September 20-22 • Hyatt Regency • New Orleans, LA

Pitman, NJ – Nephrology nurses have a dilemma many nurses wish for: Which career track do you pick in your specialty when there are so many to choose from?   

Because there are vast opportunities in advanced practice, management, transplant and other areas, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) steps in to help guide nurses with its annual Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses.

The meeting, which will be held September 20-22 in New Orleans, LA, gives nurses the chance to learn from the industry’s top experts, talk shop, and get some career advice from their colleagues.

“Not only are nephrology settings varied – everything from home care to government – but nurses can select a clinical, research or management focus,” said ANNA President Norma Gomez, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN. “The Fall Meeting is great because nurses help each other, and they are very passionate about their practice. I’ve seen many career paths change as a result of this meeting.”

To help attendees sample different areas, sessions at the meeting are organized into tracks: Advanced Practice, Hot Topics, Management/Leadership, Nursing Practice, and Pharmacology. Topics span the specialty, which focuses on caring for patients of all ages with chronic kidney disease.

At the conference, participants will also enjoy special events; earn contact hours and hands-on learning; and peruse the exhibit hall for the latest new products, technologies and services.

More information about the ANNA Fall Meeting, including online registration, is available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.

There will be six optional preconference workshops, including three hands-on sessions, before the regular conference begins on Friday, September 20, with the Opening Session, “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report and the Promise of Nursing.”

Concurrent sessions follow on Saturday and Sunday with a wide range of topics including:

  • Coronary Artery Disease: The Beat Goes On
  • Changes in Transplant Kidney Allocation
  • Superbugs and Superdrugs: What’s New?
  • Ethical Principles and Moral Distress: Assisting Families with the Decision to Stop Dialysis
  • Bundled Payment and the QIP
  • But Your Honor …The Nurse Said…, or I Was Only Doing My Job

On Sunday, September 22, nursing leader Barb Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP, will present the Closing Session, “Take This Job and…Love it!” Bancroft will share her 30+ years experience, mix in a little humor, and help the audience learn how to achieve healthy and prosperous nursing careers.

Continuing Education
Attendees can earn up to 11.5 contact hours, plus up to 10.5 additional contact hours for the preconference workshops. Up to 5 hours of pharmacology credit is available at the conference, with additional hours offered from selected optional workshops.

Complete information and online registration are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org. For additional information or to request a printed brochure, 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.
ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive
difference for people with kidney disease.

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.