An article by ANNA President Cindy Richards is included in Mediaplanet USA's "Kidney and Liver Health” campaign. Cindy's article, "Why Become a Nephrology Nurse?," was also published in a printed supplement distributed nationally March 29 in USA Today. In her article, Cindy describes the knowledge and skills of nephrology nurses and their life-saving role caring for patients of all ages.
On February 25, 2016, the Living Organ Donor Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4616, S. 2584) was introduced in both the House and the Senate by Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The aim of the legislation is to:
On January 27, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Advisory urging dialysis providers and facilities to assess and improve infection control practices to stop hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission in patients undergoing hemodialysis. The CDC has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired HCV infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV.
ANNA member Joanne Smith donated a kidney to one of her dialysis patients this summer. Terry Sukeena, a patient at the Fresenius Medical Clinic in Newark, DE, where Joanne is a nurse, was on dialysis and the transplant waiting list for 6 years. Joanne, a member of ANNA's First State Chapter in Delaware, thought she could do more than just provide nursing support to her patients and began the process to donate a kidney. She learned she was healthy enough to donate and a match for Sukeena.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce has updated its NURSE Corps Programs for 2016. The Nurse Corps Programs provide scholarships and loan repayment programs to nurses working in facilities within designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. In 2016, the list of Health Professional Shortage Areas will be expanded to include end-stage renal disease (ESRD) dialysis centers.