Health Policy

Advocacy is one of the strategic issues identified in ANNA's Strategic Plan. 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 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.

Current Health Policy Committee Roster


Agenda

ANNA will continue to work independently and as a member of coalitions at the federal level to identify and respond to health policy issues that affect the practice of nephrology nurses and the individuals for whom they provide care.

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Health Policy Statement

ANNA is a national organization of registered nurses practicing in nephrology, which includes but is not limited to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis therapies, chronic kidney disease (CKD), transplantation, and continuous renal replacement therapies. ANNA members are involved in the supervision and delivery of care to children and adults who have or are at risk of kidney disease. ANNA supports the interdisciplinary approach to health care and believes that registered nurses must be major participants in the planning, delivery and evaluation of that care.

As a professional organization, ANNA has the obligation to set and update standards of patient care, educate practitioners, stimulate research and disseminate findings, promote interdisciplinary communication and cooperation, and address issues that may impact the practice of nephrology nursing.

This Health Policy Statement represents the ANNA viewpoint on major public policy issues relevant to the treatment of individuals with kidney disease and the practice of professional nephrology nursing. This document serves to give ANNA direction as legislative and regulatory issues are addressed on local, state and national levels. This document has been developed based on a comprehensive review of current issues and with input from ANNA members and leaders.
 

Handbook

The purpose of the ANNA Health Policy Handbook is to provide ANNA members with valuable information about the organization and assist new members in the initial steps of becoming involved in health policy and advocacy activities at the local and national levels.

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