Notice: Symposium Rescheduled / Additional Information

After monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ANNA has rescheduled the 2020 National Symposium (which was originally planned for April 19-22). The ANNA Board of Directors made this difficult decision after careful consideration. While an incredible amount of work went into planning this year’s educational program and all of our speakers have put immense time and energy into their presentations, the health and safety of attendees is our top priority. ANNA sincerely thanks you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

The 2020 ANNA National Symposium is rescheduled for Sunday, August 30 – Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

Important Information


If you registered for the symposium prior to March 12, 2020, ANNA will keep your full registration active, and you will have the option to attend the symposium on the rescheduled dates. If you are unable to attend the symposium in person, you will have access to view all recorded sessions in ANNA’s Online Library 2-3 weeks following the symposium and earn conference CNE credits. If you do not cancel your symposium registration prior to the March 30, 2020 deadline, you will be considered registered for the rescheduled dates in August.

If you decide to cancel, written notice of cancellation must be sent via USPS to ANNA Registration, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056, faxed to 856-218-0557 or emailed to no later than May 29, 2020. A $50 administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. After July 17, 2020 registration fees will be nonrefundable. ANNA membership fees are nonrefundable.

The registration database will be closed for a period of time to verify any speaker or session changes. You will receive notification once it is reopened.

Hotel Reservations

If you made a hotel reservation at the Caribe Royale through the ANNA symposium room block, the hotel will automatically cancel your reservation without sending you a confirmation of the cancellation. If you require a confirmation email, please contact the hotel at 800-823-8300 (or 407-238-8000 and ask for group reservations). If you reserved your hotel room at the Caribe Royale outside of the ANNA room block, you will need to contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.

All symposium registrants will need to re-book their hotel reservations (using the link below).

Reserve Your Room

Airline Travel

Attendees must check with their airlines to determine the best way to reschedule or cancel flights. Change fees are being waived by most airlines. If you booked other travel arrangements, attendees are responsible to reschedule or cancel.

ANNA 2020-2021 Leadership

Per the ANNA Constitution & Bylaws, the newly elected and appointed 2020-2021 ANNA leaders would begin their terms of office following the close of the Annual Business Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020. To avoid any delay in the terms of office for the 2020-2021 ANNA Leadership, the Board of Directors has agreed to transition leadership roles and announce all award, scholarship, and grant winners on April 21 during a pre-recorded presentation ~ ANNA Leadership Transition / Awards, Scholarship, & Grant Announcements – Prerecorded.

ANNA elected officers, committee chairpersons/designates, Specialty Practice Network (SPN) leaders, and chapter officers will officially start their roles as originally scheduled on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Workshop

LEAD will take place on Sunday, August 30, during the National Symposium. The agenda will be reviewed and revised by the ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST) and SPN Chairperson as needed. The ACST and SPN Chairperson will assess the needs of chapter officers/SPN Leaders transitioning to their new roles on April 21, 2020.

Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

All awards, scholarships, grants, and chapter STAR awards will be announced during the pre-recorded Announcements session on April 21, 2020. The official presentation of awards will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in Orlando, FL. Monetary awards will be mailed to the appropriate recipients or educational institutions following the Announcements on April 21.

ANNA Annual Business Meeting

The ANNA Annual Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in Orlando, FL.

If you have additional questions, please contact ANNA at We look forward to seeing you in sunny Orlando in August.

Symposium Program Update

If you registered for the symposium prior to March 16, 2020, please note the following session changes and updates, which were made following the rescheduling of the symposium.

    Session #134 (10:15 am, Monday, August 31) is now "Vascular Access: Catch It Before It Fails" with faculty Spencer Galt, MD. This session was previously #232 (1:45 pm, Tuesday, September 1).

    Session #144 (11:45 am, Monday, August 31) is now "Advancing American Kidney Health: Update on the Executive Order and ANNA’s Action" with faculty Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP, and James Twaddell. This session was previously #301 (7:30 am, Wednesday, September 2).

    Previous Session #144 (11:45 am, Monday, August 31) "Managing Difficult and Destructive Personalities" will not be offered.

    Session #232 (1:45 pm, Tuesday, September 1) is now "Authentic Leadership" with faculty Judith Kauffman, DNP, MSN, RN, CNN. This session was previously #134 (10:15 am, Monday, August 31).

    Session #301 (7:30 am, Wednesday, September 2) is now "COVID-19: Looking in the Rearview Mirror and Moving Forward" with faculty Elizabeth McNamara, MN, RN. This is a new topic/speaker.