11/30/10 - Nurses and Experts to Convene at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium


Information: Janet D'Alesandro

(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

ANNA 42nd National Symposium

Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

March 27-30, 2011 • www.annanurse.org

PITMAN, NJ – To keep nephrology nurses informed about the rapid-fire changes in their practice, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) is offering a diverse slate of the specialty’s most timely topics at its upcoming 42nd National Symposium, March 27-30, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

The industry’s foremost experts will discuss the newest clinical treatments in such areas as transplantation, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, pediatrics and acute care. The symposium is also the premier event each year for those who concentrate on nephrology research, advocacy, health policy and administration.

Nurses and other health care providers practicing at every level are expected to attend. They will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, network with colleagues, enjoy social events and meet with industry representatives in the exhibit hall.

The full conference program and registration details are available on ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.


Four preconference workshops will be held Sunday, March 27. Topics include patient care issues in acute dialysis; peritoneal dialysis; and caring for patients with cardio-renal syndrome. A Certification Review Course will also be offered that day for those who are preparing for certification as a Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) or Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). For those not seeking certification, the course is an excellent way to expand their nephrology nursing knowledge.

Following the preconferences, ANNA President Donna Painter, MS, RN, CNN, will host the Opening Ceremonies to celebrate ANNA’s accomplishments and honor the association’s dedicated members and volunteers. The Opening General Session will follow, with author and humorist Barb Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP, traveling down nursing’s memory lane during her session on “Livin’, Laughin’, and Learnin’ Through the Years.”

On Monday, March 28, award-winning author and ethics expert Jack Gilbert, EdD, FACHE, will deliver the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address. Gilbert, who is from England, will blend the serious topic of nursing and ethics with a twist of British humor in his presentation, “Doing the Right Thing Every Day.”

Concurrent sessions will run from Monday, March 28, to Wednesday, March 30. Topics include:

  • Post-traumatic stress in health care professionals and patients
  • Controversies surrounding patients going outside the U.S. for new organs
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in pediatric and adolescent patients
  • Sleep disorders in CKD patients
  • How nurses can create a healthier work environment
  • Preventing bloodstream infections
  • Pharmacology update

Special Events

As in previous years, ANNA will host its energetic “Big Event Dance Party” on Monday, March 28. There will also be several sponsored dinners, luncheons and special events during which attendees can network and enjoy refreshments.

At the Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, March 29, the 2011-2012 ANNA Board of Directors will assume their elected positions, special awards will be presented, and President Painter will pass ANNA’s symbolic “Vision Crystal” to incoming President Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, BC, CNE.

Continuing Education Information

Up to 13.5 continuing nursing education (CNE) credits may be earned for the symposium, with additional credits available for the preconference and postconference workshops as well as sponsored symposia. Advanced practice nurses may earn up to 195 minutes of pharmacology credit with additional credit from preconference workshops where indicated.

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

Green Conference

ANNA is an eco-friendly organization. Presentation materials for education courses are posted in the ANNA Online Library (annanurse.org/library) approximately four weeks before the event for attendees to download. After the conference, all recorded sessions are available through the library at no charge for participants. In addition, evaluations of the conference and individual speakers can be completed online.

NNCC Certification Exams Offered

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) will be offering the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) Examination, the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) Examination, the Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) Examination, and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Examination on Saturday, March 26, from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Separate registration fees and forms are required for each exam. For more information and applications, call the NNCC National Office toll free at 888-884-6622 or 856-256-2321. Applications may be downloaded online from NNCC’s Web site, www.nncc-exam.org.

Symposium Brochures Available

To receive a registration brochure for the ANNA 42nd National Symposium, visit the association’s Web site, www.annanurse.org or contact the ANNA National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or e-mail anna@ajj.com.


ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to promote excellence by advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease.