Contact: Linda Alexander 856-256-2300, ext. 2411 firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)News & Events News Nephrology Nurses Will Celebrate Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week in August Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week (August 11-15, 2008*) is an ongoing, award-winning campaign that has helped improve care for renal patients through key legislation. ANNA members use this week to educate lawmakers and their aides about renal disease and issues affecting the renal community and patient care. More information about the campaign is available on ANNAs Web site. During Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, nurses can share ANNAs newly revised End Stage Renal Disease Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers: A Guide to Kidney Disease Awareness and Education, a valuable tool that presents in lay terms the basics of end stage renal disease (ESRD). The briefing book has just been revised to reflect the most current data related to kidney transplantation. The book also covers an overview of conditions associated with ESRD and information on treatment modalities, kidney transplantation, vascular access, Medicare payment policy and the role of the nephrology nurse in patient care. *The dates for Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week 2008 have been changed to coincide with Congress summer recess. Popular ANNA Audio Conferences Available Online Four of ANNA's audio conferences are now available in ANNAs online library. Participants can listen to the audio recording of the conferences, view the PowerPoint presentations, download the handouts and apply for continuing nursing education (CNE) credit at a nominal fee. Topics include: New Vascular Access Guidelines from K/DOQI (Fall 2006) Cardiovascular Disease (Winter 2007) The Renal Failure Patient with Acute Care Needs (Fall 2007) Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (Winter 2008) To access these programs, visit ANNAs online library at annanurse.org/library. Captain Gerald Coffee to Deliver Keynote Address at ANNAs 2009 National Symposium Captain Gerald (Jerry) Coffee, U.S. Navy (Ret.) will present the Janel Parker Memorial Keynote Address, Beyond Survival, at ANNAs 40th National Symposium, April 26-29, 2009, in San Diego, CA. Coffee joined the Navy in 1957 and in February 1966, while flying combat missions over North Vietnam, his reconnaissance jet was downed by enemy fire. He parachuted safely but was captured immediately. For the next 7 years he was held as a prisoner of war in the Communist prisons of North Vietnam. In his message of going Beyond Survival, Coffee draws not only from insights derived from the prison experience, but also from the perspective of his unique experiences since then. He will focus on leadership under stress, change and uncertainty, teamwork and loyalty to the organization, and communication all important issues that have great resonance with anyone working in the health care industry. His is not just a story of Vietnam, but a story of human survival and renewal, full of inspiration and humor. For more information about Captain Coffee, go to www.captaincoffee.com. Events National Nephrology Nurses WeekSeptember 14-20, 2008 ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as National Nephrology Nurses Week. Employers and others may take this opportunity to recognize and reward nephrology nurses for their work and dedication. Nephrology Nurses Week is also meant to spark interest in other nurses to discover the many career opportunities available in this exciting specialty. For more information, visit www.annanurse.org/NNW. American Nephrology Nurses Association Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurse Managers, Advanced Practice Nurses and CliniciansSeptember 27-29, 2008Location: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, ILContact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org. Fall 2008 Audio ConferenceOctober 7, 2008 (6:30 p.m. EST)October 14, 2008 (6:30 p.m. PST)Title: Getting Patients Charged Up and Tuned Up for TransplantSpeakers: Clara Neyhart, BSN, RN, CNN, and Patricia Weiskittel, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CNNContact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.annanurse.org American Nephrology Nurses Association 40th Annual National SymposiumApril 26-29, 2009Location: Hilton San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CAContact: ANNA National Office; East Holly Avenue/Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone 888-600-2662; 856-256-2320; Fax 856-589-7463; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.annanurse.org. ### ANNA will advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.