Monday, August 31

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Morning Walk/Run


Healthy Living Fitness Walk/Run

7:00 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / Symposium


Evolving Management Approaches to Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for the Nephrology Nurse

1.25 CH

Jay B. Wish, MD
Steven Fishbane, MD
Chilnille Millbrooks, MSN, FNP-C

This CNE activity is jointly provided by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education. Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP in collaboration with FibroGen

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break


Poster Presentations

2.0 CH

Posters will be presented during exhibit hours on Monday and Tuesday. Contact hours are available for attending poster sessions. View abstracts accepted for presentation.

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (131-136)


Renal Pathology in Glomerular Disease

1.25 CH

Alexis Harris Snead, MD

Explore the pathophysiologic findings, evaluation, and differential diagnosis of the most common glomerular diseases.


Caring for the Patient with a Congenital Heart Defect on Dialysis

1.25 CH, 0.25 Rx

Kristen Stocker, MSN, RN, CPN

It is estimated that 2-3 million people in the United States have a congenital heart defect (CHD), and 30%-50% of those have kidney disease. Learn more about the unique needs, potential complications, and treatment considerations for patients with CHD requiring vascular access.


Handling Anemia

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Christine Chmielewski, MS, CRNP, CNN-NP, APRN-BC

Anemia is a common challenge for nephrology nurses to manage in patients with chronic kidney disease. This session will provide an update on anemia management guidelines, including current medications and potential adverse effects.


Vascular Access: Catch It Before It Fails

1.25 CH

Spencer Galt, MD

A primary concern for nephrology nurses caring for dialysis patients is protecting and maintaining the patient’s access. Learn more about the signs of a failing access, procedures that facilitate identification of a problematic access, and the process for handling vascular access complications.

Note: Session updated 4/1/20. "Authentic Leadership" is rescheduled to session #232 at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, September 1.


The Advocacy Journey*

1.25 CH

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA

Follow the advocacy journey of a professional nurse and explore opportunities for personal advocacy engagement. Learn how you can use your position as a nurse to advocate for patients.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.


Online Resources for Volunteers

1.25 CH

Celess Tyrell, BA, DES

Many online tools are available to make your role as a volunteer ANNA leader easier. Learn about using these resources and why they matter. This presentation will provide an overview of ANNA Connected, social media, Zoom, Doodle, Dropbox, and more, and will offer ideas and insights as you plan for the ANNA year.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (141-146)


Is It Gangrene or Calciphylaxis?

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP, FASN

Early recognition and prompt treatment of calciphylaxis in patients with renal disease is vital for symptom relief, ulcer healing, and prevention of sepsis and death. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of calciphylaxis early in patients in acute and chronic settings in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes.


Cognitive Impairment, Vascular Dysfunction, and Physical Inactivity in Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease

1.25 CH

Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Dr. Hannan will share the findings of a research study examining the differences in cognitive function, vascular function, and physical inactivity levels in older adults with and without kidney disease and the implications for appropriate assessment and interventions in older patients with kidney disease.


Racial Gaps in Kidney Transplantation

1.25 CH

Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH

What are the barriers contributing to racial-ethnic disparities in kidney transplantation? This session will focus on identifying effective mechanisms to eliminate racial-ethnic barriers and increase access to transplantation.


Advancing American Kidney Health: Update on the Executive Order and ANNA’s Action

1.25 CH

Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
James Twaddell

The 2019 Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health has opened the door for changes in the care of patients with kidney disease as well as collaboration between nephrology nurses and other key nephrology providers. Learn more about the Executive Order and potential future implications for kidney care and nephrology nursing.

Note: Session updated 4/1/20. Previous topic "Managing Difficult and Destructive Personalities" will not be offered.


Strategies to Recruit and Retain Nephrology Nurses*

1.25 CH

Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC
Alice Luehr, DNP, RN, CNN
Nancy Pierce, BSN, RN, CNN

This session will review generational attributes that contribute to employment retention and satisfaction, and strategies to recruit new nephrology nurses and retain current nephrology staff.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.


Hands-On Lab: Online Resources for Volunteers*

1.25 CH

Celess Tyrell, BA, DES

If you are looking for help using online resources such as ANNA Connected, Facebook, Doodle, Dropbox, and more, this hands-on lab is for you! For the best experience, bring a laptop or tablet with you to the session.

*Session is limited to 25 participants. Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Box Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Specialty Practice Networking Sessions (161-165)


Health Policy ~ Stepping Up Your Advocacy

1.0 CH

Home Therapies ~ Keeping Patients at Home: Critical Elements for Longevity on Home Therapy

1.0 CH

Pediatrics ~ Haunted House, If These Walls Could Talk: What Makes a Good Home Visit

1.0 CH

Acute Care ~ Improving Continuity of Care for Acute Patients: Cultivating Interdisciplinary Collaboration

1.0 CH

Chronic Kidney Disease ~ Supporting Patients Who Choose Not to Receive Renal Replacement Therapy

1.0 CH

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Exhibits / Posters / Refreshment Break

Plan your time in the exhibit hall and meet with companies about their products and services. View the exhibitor listing/floorplan.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Specialty Practice Networking Sessions (171-175)


Hemodialysis ~ Alice Through the Looking Glass: A Look at the Acute Kidney Injury Patient’s Continuity of Care from Hospitalization to the Chronic Unit

1.0 CH

Advanced Practice ~ Negotiation and Contracts for the Advanced Practice Nurse

1.0 CH

Administration ~ Horizontal Violence in Nursing: Impact in Nephrology Settings

1.0 CH

Transplantation ~ Not a Mickey Mouse Operation: What Happens When Your Patient Gets ‘The Call’ for a Kidney Transplant

1.0 CH

Educator ~ Creating a Culture of Civility through Communication, Collaboration, and Culturally Congruent Practice

1.0 CH

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Town Hall with ANNA Board of Directors

Meet with members of the ANNA Board of Directors who will be available to answer questions, listen to suggestions and concerns, and discuss issues of importance to ANNA members.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dance Party


Dance Party

Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and light refreshments with friends and colleagues. Dress is casual.

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