ANNA Chapters Share Ideas for Nephrology Nurses Week Celebrations It is never too early to start planning your special Nephrology Nurses Week celebrations. If you are looking for some great ideas, read about some ways ANNA chapters have celebrated Nephrology Nurses Week in the past. Use these ideas, or some of your own, to celebrate the nephrology nursing specialty in your workplace and communities! Learn More Suggestions for Nurses Hold a special celebration or reception to recognize the nephrology nurses on your unit or in your facility. Promote a positive, realistic image of nephrology nurses in the work place. Place an article in your local newspaper about Nephrology Nurses Week and the value of nephrology nurses. If your facility/hospital has a newsletter or if you work for a large dialysis organization, place an article in the issue that comes out right before Nephrology Nurses Week. Invite a policymaker, member of Congress, Senator, state legislator, etc. to accompany a nurse or several nurses in your place of employment for a day or part of the day. Ask every nurse to wear an RN pin during Nephrology Nurses Week. Work cooperatively with your facilities, hospitals, schools, and libraries to set up a special display for Nephrology Nurses Week. Request a proclamation from your mayor/governor declaring the second full week in September as Nephrology Nurses Week. Suggest that your administrators or local newspapers solicit stories from patients who would like to pay tribute to a nephrology nurse who has provided exemplary care. Invite nursing students from nearby schools of nursing to visit your workplace and learn about nephrology nursing. Create a long-term link between local schools of nursing and newly graduated nurses by establishing nephrology nurse externship and internship programs. Read ANNA's Education Task Force recommendations and use the program templates to set up your program. Suggestions for Employers Place congratulatory messages in the workplace. Offer congratulatory items to nephrology nurses. Offer a special nephrology nursing recognition event in their honor. Inform patients of the special week and suggest they thank their nurses for providing quality care.