5/26/16 - Clinical Innovations, Nursing Leadership, and Practice Advances Highlighted at American Nephrology Nurses Association Symposium

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Clinical Innovations, Nursing Leadership, and Practice Advances Highlighted at 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 – From wearable kidneys to the impact nurses have as health care leaders, the nurses attending the recent American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 47th National Symposium in Louisville, KY, learned how they can better serve the patients they care for every day.

More than 700 nephrology nurses and allied health care professionals convened May 1-4, 2016 for the symposium, which was held at the Marriott Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center.

Along with a wide variety of education sessions presented by expert speakers, the nurses networked, earned Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and pharmacology credits, and enjoyed the events and excitement of Derby Week.

During the symposium, Sheila Doss-McQuitty, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA,” ANNA’s new president, asked all ANNA members to “strive to be the ‘Best That They Can Be,’ but at the same time, to help others achieve the same goal of being all that they can be.”

Doss’s inspirational words fit the goals of the symposium, which is a key learning event for nephrology nurses whose practice requires them to stay current on the latest therapies and advances. The specialty calls for high-level knowledge and critical thinking skills, as kidney disease can be a life-threatening ailment.

Click here for complete symposium coverage and photos

Click here for Sheila Doss-McQuitty’s induction press release

The symposium main events began Sunday, May 1, with the Opening Ceremonies and the Janel Parker Memorial Session delivered by Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Health Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

In her session, “Are We Practicing to the Fullest Extent? Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education,” Dr. Miyamoto described a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that recommended nurses pursue degrees in higher education. Not only would advance degrees benefit their own practice and help the entire nursing profession, she said, but better educated nurses have a strong impact as leaders in the health care industry.

The symposium continued with a broad variety of concurrent sessions May 2-4 covering such areas as clinical practice, research, leadership, advocacy, and health policy. Topics included hemodialysis and patient safety, transplant and organ donation, research and evidence-based practice, and much more.

Featured speakers on Wednesday, May 4, included Victor Gura, MD, FASN, and Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN, who discussed “The Wearable Artificial Kidney: 1 Year Later” and the progress being made in testing the device. Dr. Gura spoke to a packed ballroom about his philosophy that dialysis should be as close to the natural function of a kidney as possible, meaning a device patients can wear around the clock for slow blood cleansing. Smith then discussed the nursing aspects of the wearable kidney and her work in a study of 14 patients who used the prototype in two trials.

The symposium ended later that day with the postconference workshop, “Managing Obesity Across the Continuum of Care” presented by Vishal Kothari, MD, FACS, and Laura Byham-Gray, PhD, RD. They discussed the prevalence of obesity in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population and evidence-based approaches for prevention and treatment.

New Officers
ANNA’s 2016-17 officers were inducted during the annual Nephrology Nurse Recognition luncheon on Tuesday, May 3. Incoming President Doss-McQuitty, who is from San Jose, CA, assumed her role as president from outgoing President Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN.

Also inducted were President-Elect Alice Hellebrand, MSN, RN, CNN, of Dumont, NJ; Secretary Jennifer Payton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNN, of Goose Creek, SC; Director Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, of Doylestown, PA; and Director Caroline Steward, MSN, RN, APN-C, CCRN, CNN, of Ewing, NJ.

Complete list, ANNA 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Awards and Honors
At the symposium, ANNA distributed more than $90,000 in scholarships, grants and awards, and honored individuals for their volunteer service to ANNA.

Complete list, ANNA Scholarship, grants, and award recipients

2017 Symposium
ANNA’s 48th National Symposium will be held April 7-10, 2017, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Contact ANNA
For more information about ANNA, visit the ANNA Website (www.annanurse.org); call 888-600-2662, 856-256-2320; fax 856-589-7463; or email anna@annanurse.org.


 ANNA is a professional nursing association with more than 8,500 members. ANNA promotes excellence in and appreciation of nephrology nursing so we can make a positive difference for people with kidney disease.