5/6/19 - American Nephrology Nurses Association Honors 50-Year History with New Podcast Series, Special Journal Issue, and ‘Career of a Lifetime’ Video

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American Nephrology Nurses Association Honors 50-Year History with New Podcast Series, Special Journal Issue, and ‘Career of a Lifetime’ Video

PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nursing Association (ANNA) is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a sweeping tribute to the nurses who have played a crucial role in spurring massive advances in nephrology treatments, patient care, and health care legislation.

The tribute includes ANNA’s 50th Anniversary Podcast Series, a special 50th anniversary issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal (NNJ), ANNA’s official peer-reviewed publication, and a new video, “Nephrology Nursing: The Career of a Lifetime.” 

According to ANNA President Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, the projects were created by and for an association dedicated to its members and the patients they serve, but they are also a historic homage to all nurses and acknowledgement of the power and voice they have to inspire change in today’s health care system.

“Nurses have the knowledge, ability, and tools to innovate and advocate, now more than ever,” Kear, said. “We are the largest, most trusted, group of health care providers, and the coordinators of patient care in an ever-expanding number of settings.”

The podcast series offers a glimpse into the world of nephrology nursing from its beginnings, documenting how nephrology nurses have been leaders and innovators, working with inventors, physicians, and patients to pave the way for the specialty to evolve into the life-saving science it is today.

According to NNJ Editor Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, the series provides an oral recounting of ANNA, nephrology nursing, and patient care. ANNA past presidents and other nephrology nurse leaders are interviewed and describe the association’s history, as well as the challenges and advances nephrology nursing has experienced over the past 50 years. Several episodes are now available, and others will continue to roll out over the coming months.

While the series focuses on nephrology, Ulrich said it has broad interest to nurses in other specialties, as well as value for the entire health care community.

“The interviews capture what nursing was like as a profession from the 1960s to the present,” she said. “The podcast also shows the tremendous impact of specialty organizations like ANNA on the lives of patients and nurses.”

Listeners can subscribe to the series on iTunes, Google Play-Music, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, Spreaker, and other podcast delivery services.

Ulrich said the podcasts complement the March/April 50th Anniversary Issue of NNJ. The issue includes a section containing 50 years of memories and stories told by ANNA presidents, a detailed timeline of the history of nephrology and ANNA’s history, and articles that examine both the past and the future of the specialty.

Read Ulrich’s editorial

The new Nephrology Nursing: The Career of a Lifetime video explores the emotional connection between nephrology nurses and their patients. Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, who is featured along with a patient, Kelsie Sondrup, shares her passion for her field, which allows nurses to develop deep relationships with patients, as many patients require care throughout their lifespan. Sondrup shares her transplant story and peritoneal dialysis journey, as well as the impact nephrology nurses have had on her throughout her life.

To learn more about ANNA and the nephrology nursing specialty, visit annanurse.org.

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About ANNA
ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 8,000 members. The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science.

Since 1969, ANNA has been a leader in the practice of nephrology nursing and in advancements in the care of patients with kidney disease through educating nurses, partnering with nephrology colleagues, working with legislatures and regulatory agencies, and advocating for patients.