1/21/16 - Nephrology Nurses to Gather in Louisville for 2016 American Nephrology Nurses Association Symposium

Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
janetd@ajj.com; 856-256-2422

Nephrology Nurses to Gather in Louisville for 2016 American Nephrology Nurses Association Symposium

ANNA 47th National Symposium
Marriott Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center • Louisville, KY
May 1-4, 2016 • annanurse.org

PITMAN, NJ – Nurses seeking to enhance their nephrology practice and make new professional connections will gather during Derby Week for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 47th National Symposium in Louisville, KY.

The meeting, which is the premier education event for the nephrology nursing specialty, is slated for May 1-4, 2016, and will be held at the Marriott Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center.

Along with a wide variety of education sessions and networking opportunities, the nurses will enjoy the most energized week of the year for Louisville as well as Derby-inspired special events.

The meeting features the top leaders and speakers in nephrology and draws nurses and other health care providers from around the country.

Nephrology nurses must stay current on the latest advances, therapies, and treatments for their specialty, which requires high level skills and knowledge. They depend on the symposium to help them stay informed about life-saving treatments and technologies, and to help them earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and pharmacology credits.

Along with clinical topics, the symposium includes sessions on leadership, research, advocacy, and health policy. There is an interactive exhibit hall as well that allows attendees to meet with industry representatives and discuss the latest innovations, products, and services.

For those who wish to learn more, the symposium website includes complete information about the program, registration, continuing education, and other details.

Program Highlights

The symposium begins with a 2-day Volunteer Leaders Workshop on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. Also on Saturday is the official Welcome and Networking Reception. There will be five preconference workshops on Sunday. These include a certification review course and sessions on acute care issues, home treatment modalities, hands-on assessment skills, and financial issues such as Medicare, Medicaid and insurance coverage.

Opening Ceremonies and the Janel Parker Memorial Session kick off the symposium main events beginning at 4 pm Sunday. The session, “Are We Practicing to the Fullest Extent? Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education,” will be delivered by Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Health Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Miyamoto will address today’s nursing workforce challenges and practice changes.

Concurrent sessions will run May 2-4 (Monday-Wednesday) and will include such topics as hemodialysis and patient safety, transplant and organ donation, the IOM Future of Nursing report updates as it relates to nephrology nursing, research and evidence-based practice, and much more.

Featured speakers on Wednesday include Victor Gura, MD, FASN, and Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN, who will discuss “The Wearable Artificial Kidney: 1 Year Later.” Dr. Gura and Ms. Smith will follow-up from last year’s presentation with updates on research, progress, and study results.

The symposium will end Wednesday with an optional postconference workshop, “Managing Obesity Across the Continuum of Care” presented by Vishal Kothari, MD, FACS, and Laura Byham-Gray, PhD, RD. They will discuss the prevalence of obesity in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population and treatment options.

More Information

Complete symposium details and a downloadable PDF version of the brochure are available at annasymposium.org. To contact the ANNA National Office, call 888-600-ANNA (2662) or 856-256-2320; or email anna@annanurse.org.


 ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 9,500 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.