About ANNA

Mission: The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science.

Vision: Influence kidney health through the expertise of nephrology nurses.

Strategic Plan

The Association’s Strategic Plan articulates what the Association wants to achieve for its members and other stakeholders. It describes the Association's mission, vision, core beliefs, goals, and strategic initiatives.

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Message from the President

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2021 Year in Review

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2021-2022 Annual Report

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About ANNA

The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) is the professional association that represents nurses who work in all areas of nephrology. Established as a nonprofit organization in 1969, ANNA has a membership of more than 8,500 registered nurses in almost 80 local chapters across the United States. Members practice in all areas of nephrology, including hemodialysis, chronic kidney disease, peritoneal dialysis, acute care, and transplantation. Most of our members work in freestanding dialysis units, hospital outpatient units, and hospital inpatient units.

ANNA develops and updates standards of clinical practice, educates practitioners, stimulates and supports research, disseminates knowledge and new ideas, promotes interdisciplinary communication and cooperation, and monitors and addresses issues encompassing the breadth of practice of nephrology nursing.


ANNA believes that the demand for quality nephrology patient care will continue to grow in the future, especially with the many changes occurring within health care and, specifically, within the specialty of nephrology. We believe that our nurses are in a unique position to enhance the quality of care delivered to individuals with kidney disease.

We believe that through the continued education of nurses in the field of nephrology, we can have a positive impact on the care of individuals with kidney disease. We further believe that a sound educational program is necessary to develop, maintain, and augment competence in practice. We actively support research to both develop evidence-based practice as well as to advance nursing science.  We believe in the team approach to patient care and support interdisciplinary collaboration as essential to the delivery of cost-effective, high quality patient care.

Educational Programs


  • Nephrology Nursing Journal
  • ANNA Update (newsletter)
  • Contemporary Nephrology Nursing Textbook
  • Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing
  • Nephrology Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice
  • Standards of Clinical Practice for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Review Guide

Publications are available for purchase in the ANNA Online Store.