Who Should Attend

  • Nurses, technicians, and health care professionals who care for patients with kidney disease
  • Staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, managers, educators, and researchers specializing in nephrology
  • Dialysis care providers
  • Transplant coordinators and professionals
  • Diabetes educators
  • Student nurses (special rates available)

Join Us in Anaheim!

ANNA’s National Symposium — the premier nephrology nursing meeting of the year — is guaranteed to expand your knowledge base, enhance your clinical skills, and translate evidence into your daily practice. Join us for this special 45th anniversary meeting!

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Top Reasons to Attend

  • Earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits.
  • Explore the latest trends in nephrology nursing practice.
  • Discover ways to improve patient care.
  • Network with other professionals in the specialty.
  • Visit with industry representatives and learn about the latest products, technology, and services.
  • New! Receive a bonus 5 extra CNE credits after the meeting (see details).


Friday, April 11

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration for Volunteer Leaders Workshop

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Volunteer Leaders Workshop Reception


Saturday, April 12

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration for Volunteers Leaders Workshop

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Volunteer Leaders Workshop - Day 1

The program is a leadership training and development workshop for ANNA volunteer leaders. Invitations and complete details about the program will be provided to incoming national and chapter volunteer leaders in February 2014 (following election results).

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration for Preconference Workshops


Sunday, April 13

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration for Preconference Workshops

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Preconference Workshop Continental Breakfast

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Optional Full- and Half-Day Preconference Workshops

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Volunteer Leaders Workshop - Day 2

11:15 am - 1:00 pm


Lunch Symposium ~ The Changing Face of Nephropathic Cystinosis: Clinical Challenges and Emerging Opportunities

1.25 CH

Supported by an educational grant from Raptor Pharmaceuticals

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Lunch Served
11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Optional Full-Day Preconference Workshops

A separate registration fee is required to attend a preconference workshop (see fees).

Full-day workshops (010-040) will follow this agenda:

8:00 am - 9:30 am

(Note: 010 & 020 start at 7:30 am)

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm


9:30 am - 9:45 am

Coffee Break

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break

9:45 am - 11:00 am


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm


11:15 am - 1:00 pm


7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Certification Review Course

5.75 CH ALL

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN, Chair
Deborah Brooks, MSN, ANP-BC, CNN-NP
Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN
Joanna Neumann, RN, CNN

This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of nephrology nursing, including concepts of nephrology and treatment modalities, and is ideal for those interested in becoming certified in nephrology nursing. Test-taking tips also will be included. Not ready to take the certification exam, but just want to broaden your knowledge base? This course provides a valuable knowledge base for all nephrology nurses.

7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Home Is Where the Health Is: Improving Our Knowledge and Skills in Home Modalities

6.0 CH, 1.0 Rx PD HHD

Faculty to be announced

This workshop will provide nephrology nurses with the background knowledge, skills, and hands-on training to provide more effective education to the chronic kidney disease patient selecting a home modality. This workshop will consist of two parts. The morning will feature presentations on home modalities by nephrology experts in a podium session format. The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions, where smaller groups will rotate to multiple stations and interact in a hands-on format with the various available products within the home care market. (Limited to 75 participants.)

Supported by an educational grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Developing the Detective in You: An Evidence-Based Practice Workshop

5.25 CH ALL

Debra Hain, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC
Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN

This workshop will assist nurses in developing evidenc-ebased practice projects in clinical settings. Participants will learn to develop a practice question, critique the evidence, and translate evidence into practice (PET). They will identify and learn to formulate research questions within the field of nephrology related to the PICOT format. Using a variety of databases, they will conduct a search for evidence and then appraise the evidence by critiquing the strength and quality of published studies. The workshop will feature lecture, small group work, and interaction with professional researchers and ANNA Research Committee members.

Recommended Book to Complement Workshop: Registrants may want to purchase Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice: Models and Guidelines, Second Edition as a supplement to this workshop. More information about the book, including purchasing information, is available online at www.nursingknowledge.org.

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Contemporary Trends in Acute Care

5.25 CH, .5 Rx AC AP HD

Rasheed Abiodun Balogun, MD, FACP, FASN, HP(ASCP)
Samir Makani, MD
Judy Kauffman, MSN, RN, CNN
Susan Fallone, MS, RN, CNN

Learn more about hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), thrombotic thrombocytic purpura (TTP), and treatment options during this workshop. Hear about the latest biomarkers for acute kidney injury. Discover the connection between the pulmonary system and the kidneys — and diseases that reflect this connection. Finally, this workshop will address the key issues that are seen in acute care as well as the best practices that we have learned.

Optional Half-Day Preconference Workshops

A separate registration fee is required to attend a preconference workshop (see fees).

8:00 am - 11:00 am


Anaphylaxis: Not Your Typical Code

2.75 CH, 2.75 Rx AC AP HD

Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN

Many of you have been in a code in nephrology. How is anaphylaxis different? Understanding the pathophysiology behind the process, rapid diagnosis, and treatment is imperative in this type of code situation. Learn the algorithms of care that can be implemented to improve quality outcomes that are evidence-based and pertinent to successful code management in anaphylaxis.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm


Pain Management: Not Just a Bandage and an Aspirin

2.5 CH, 1.25 Rx ALL

Maureen Cooney, DNP, FNP-BC

Pain management is a challenge for many providers who deal with nephrology patients. This workshop will help participants develop an understanding of the patho - physiology of pain, the common sources of chronic pain, and the pharmacologic and alternate therapies used to treat pain.

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