ANNA Health Policy Statement

Summary

The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (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.