Advocacy is one of the core values identified in ANNA's Strategic Plan. ANNA has set a goal to be the leading advocate for nephrology nursing and will advocate for individuals, families, and communities affected by real or potential kidney disease. ANNA works closely with partners in the kidney and nursing communities to raise awareness about kidney disease and to educate federal policymakers about the vital role nurses play in patient care.
ANNA coordinates educational activities such as the annual Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week and the Health Policy Workshop to provide opportunities for both members and legislators to learn about health policy and issues that affect nursing practice in general and nephrology nursing practice in particular. ANNA maintains the ANNA Legislative Action Center so that members can communicate quickly and easily with their elected representatives about issues that affect nephrology nursing practice. In addition, ANNA develops Position Statements on issues important to nephrology nurses and their patients and provides resources and tools to assist members in their advocacy efforts.