April 15 - 18, 2018 | Westgate Las Vegas Resort | Las Vegas, NV

COLLABORATE with colleagues to create solutions for today’s practice challenges.

NETWORK with a community of nephrology nurses like you!

Monday, April 16

7:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / Symposium


Hyperkalemia in Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease: Nursing Assessment and Management

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS
Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, ANP, GNP, CNN
Supported by an educational grant from Relypsa, Inc.

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)


Reactive Oxygen Species: Making the Connection Between Research and Patient Care

1.25 CH

Barbara Odom, BSN, RN, CDN

This session will focus on reactive oxygen species (ROS), current research related to acute and chronic kidney disease, and how nephrology nurses can use this knowledge to improve patient outcomes.


Survival of the Fittest: Peritoneal Dialysis Selection and Guidelines for Management

1.25 CH

Joanne Bargman, MD

Who is a candidate for peritoneal dialysis (PD)? Learn more about the selection criteria for PD, how to determine the appropriate PD prescription, and barriers that may prevent adequate PD.


The Failing Transplant: Preparing for Dialysis Therapy

1.25 CH

Holly Garner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

How is the transition to dialysis managed if a kidney transplant fails? This session will address the impact of dialysis modality on survival, the care pathway interventions for dialysis preparation, and recommendations for outpatient surveillance.


Reaching Out to Patients: The Potential of Telehealth

1.25 CH

Mitchell Rosner, MD, MACP

This session will explore how telehealth can enhance health care delivery for CKD patients in rural areas, including innovative programs that leverage information technology such as smartphones and computers.


Blending Differences in Leadership Skills: Volunteer and Workplace Leadership*

1.25 CH

Mary Schira, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC
Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN

Work-based leadership skills provide a foundation for leading in a volunteer organization, but are the approaches and skills the same? Explore the differences of leadership in a volunteer organization versus the workplace and strategies for success.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders but open to all.


Technology – Novice*

1.25 CH

Celess Tyrell

As an ANNA leader, there are many online tools that can make your volunteer job easier. Review the basics of the tools you will need to use most: ANNA Connected, social media for your chapter, Doodle, Dropbox, and if time allows, perhaps a few more.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders but open to all.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (141-146)


New ESRD Policies and Updates on Nephrology Care Management

1.25 CH

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF

This session will review the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ESRD Prospective Payment System, ESRD Quality Incentive Program, and ESRD Seamless Care Organizations and their implications for ESRD care in the U.S. Medicare fee billing codes and the impact on the role of the APRN also will be discussed.


They Want Me to Do What? Mandated Changes and How They Affect Staff and Patients

1.25 CH

Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN

Several initiatives at the state and federal levels would set minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios. This session will review the considerations and challenges of achieving mandated staffing ratios.


It Begins with Home: New Starts in Home Therapies

1.25 CH

Marijo Johnson, BSN, RN, CNN

This session will address the challenges of initiating home dialysis therapy, including the assessment process, pre-start home visit, development of an individualized training plan, potential pitfalls, and a follow-up plan to ensure success.


Why, When, Where, How, and Who? Empowering Patient Learning Through a Multidisciplinary and Peer Mentor Approach

1.25 CH

Karen Crampton, LMSW
Terrie Holewinski, MS, RD

This session will focus on effective patient education using innovative approaches. Learn about key elements of the teach back method, tools such as REALM and visual aids, and classes incorporating a multidisciplinary and peer mentor approach.


Mentoring Discussion Roundtables*

1.25 CH

An ANNA leader will facilitate mentoring and discussion at each table. Targeted questions will start the interaction, and then each group will determine topics for discussion.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders but open to all.


Technology - Intermediate*

1.25 CH

Celess Tyrell

As an ANNA leader, there are many online tools that can make your volunteer job easier. Review the basics of ANNA Connected, social media for your chapter, Doodle, Dropbox, Google Drive, Eventbrite, and more. Also, learn some new online tools, tips, and tricks that may work for your chapter.

*Session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders but open to all.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Box Lunch

Included in registration fee.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Specialty Practice Networking Sessions (161-165)


Hemodialysis ~ Understanding Hepatitis B from A to Z

1.0 CH

Home Therapies ~ Retention Through Technology

1.0 CH

Transplantation ~ High Risk Kidney Donors: Gamble or Opportunity

1.0 CH

Acute Care ~ Fluid Management: Are Best Practices Being Utilized in the Acute Setting?

1.0 CH

Chronic Kidney Disease ~ Communication, Education, Empowerment

1.0 CH

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Exhibits / Posters / Refreshment Break

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Specialty Practice Networking Sessions (171-175)


Health Policy ~ Nurses at the Forefront of Advocacy

1.0 CH

Advanced Practice ~ You're Taking What? Medication Dosing in CKD and ESRD

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Administration ~ Don’t Gamble with Fluid Management: Get on Target with the Guidelines

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Pediatric ~ Pediatric Hot Topics

1.0 CH

Educator ~ Adult Learning Needs of Staff and Patients Across Various Generations

1.0 CH

5:30 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.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Networking Opportunity



Hosted by the ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST), meet chapter officers and members that live closest to you! Speed networking and fun activities will provide a lively prequel to the Big Event Dance Party and facilitate personal and professional connections.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Dance Party


Big Event Dance Party*

Back by popular demand! Join colleagues and friends for ANNA’s Big Event as we celebrate nephrology nursing with a dance party. Expect an exciting evening of good times, good dancing, and great refreshments. Two drink tickets are included with this event. Dress is casual. (*Additional fee of $40)

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