6/28/16 - Nurses to Enjoy Customized Learning Experience at Upcoming Nephrology Nursing Conference

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

Nurses to Enjoy Customized Learning Experience at Upcoming Nephrology Nursing Conference
American Nephrology Nurses Association Fall Meeting 2016
October 8-10, 2016 • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina • San Diego, CA

Pitman, NJ – The many facets of nephrology nursing call for customized education and ongoing education. The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting, slated for October 8-10, in San Diego, CA, will offer the latest information categorized into five tracks to help nurses explore new areas within the specialty while honing their skills and expanding their knowledge in their current practice areas.

The tracks are designated as Advanced Practice, Management/Leadership, Nursing Practice Potpourri, “Hot” Topic, and Pharmacology. All sessions will be presented by top experts and span the broad and challenging range of the nephrology nursing specialty.

“The Fall Meeting is one of the most hands-on, practical ways of helping nephrology nurses improve their skills and energize their careers,” said ANNA President Sheila Doss-McQuitty, MBA, BSN, CNN, CCRA. “It’s not always easy to find a new direction or get to the next level, but this conference can help nurses do exactly that. We’ve had attendees tell us that for them, it’s been a game-changer.”

At the conference, nurses can earn up to 11.5 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours plus up to 7.5 contact hours for optional workshops. Also available will be up to 4.0 pharmacology hours and 6.0 hours for optional workshops.

ANNA ensures a well-rounded conference experience for attendees by offering plenty of networking opportunities, a dynamic exhibit hall, special events, and time to explore the beauty and attractions of sunny San Diego.

Full information is available on the Fall Meeting home page including details on the program, general information, hotel and travel, and online registration.

Program Highlights

Six preconference workshops will be held Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, on the following topics:

  • RN Toolbox: Critical Thinking
  • Advanced Practice: Considering the Differentials
  • Nursing Management: Healthy Work Environment
  • Vascular Access: What’s New?
  • The Aging Patient with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring

The Opening General Session will take place Saturday morning after the last workshop. Susan Scott, PhD, RN, CPPS, will deliver the session “Supporting the Second Victim, the Nurse,” and will describe how to address the systemic causes of medical errors rather than blame individual health care providers for mistakes.

Concurrent sessions follow, continuing from Saturday through Monday, October 10. Courses include:

  • Pregnancy and chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Diabetes facts and interventions
  • Leadership and learning styles
  • Reading and understanding research
  • Sodium disorders
  • Ethical case studies
  • Renal drug update

Two sessions, both to be presented Sunday, October 9, will be offered through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide training opportunities for nephrology nurses.

  • “Introduction to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance,” will teach nurses the reporting requirements and surveillance definitions.
  • “Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports” will explore how to apply NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance definitions through case studies.

The Closing General Session on Monday will be delivered by David van Duin, MD, PhD. Dr. van Duin will discuss epidemiologic issues and the role of nurses as change agents in his session “Think Globally, Act Locally: Communicable Diseases.”


The program and online registration are available on the ANNA Fall Meeting home page. For a printed brochure, contact the ANNA National Office at East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ, 08071-0056; phone: 888-600-2662 or 856-256-2320; fax: 856-589-7463; e-mail: anna@annanurse.org.

More information about ANNA and membership is available at 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.