Monday, April 20

7:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / Symposium (pending corporate support)

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.

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (131-136)


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.


Authentic Leadership

1.25 CH

Judy Kauffman, DNP, MSN, RN, CNN

Do you possess the characteristics of an authentic leader? Whether you are a formal or informal leader, this session will help you identify strategies to implement authentic leadership in your practice.


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, .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, APN, 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.


Managing Difficult and Destructive Personalities

1.25 CH

Mike Sherbun, MHA, RN

Gain insight into dealing with individuals with difficult or destructive personalities and how to guide interactions to decrease tension. Learn practical techniques that can be applied to avoid or manage conflict in your daily practice.


The 2019 Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health: Implications for Nephrology and Nephrology Nursing*

1.25 CH

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

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.

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


Technology - Intermediate*

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.

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, .5 Rx

Educator ~ Creating a Culture of Respect: Strategies for Effective Communication and Staff Engagement

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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