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 rate available)

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Top Reasons to Attend

  • Explore ways to improve patient care.
  • Incorporate evidence into your practice.
  • Discover innovations in patient therapies and treatment modalities.
  • Network with other professionals in the specialty.
  • Earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits.
  • Receive a bonus 5 extra CNE credits after the meeting (see details).


Friday, April 17

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration for Volunteer Leaders Workshop

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Volunteer Leaders Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 18

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration for Volunteer Leaders Workshop

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Volunteer Leaders Workshop - Orientation Day

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 2015 (following election results). Click here for more information.

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration for Preconference Workshops

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Nursing Role in the Use of Longer-Acting Erythropoietin Agents

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Supported through an educational donation from Amgen

Sunday, April 19

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration for Preconference Workshops

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Preconference/Volunteer Leaders Workshop Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 3:15 pm

Volunteer Leaders Workshop - Education Day

Optional Full-Day Preconference Workshops (010-030)

A separate registration fee is required to attend a preconference workshop (see fees). Full-day workshops will break from 12:15 to 2:15 pm to allow registrants to attend Session 101.

7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Preconference Workshop


Certification Review Course

5.75 contact hours, .3 Rx

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN, Chair
Deborah Brooks, MSN RN, ANP-BC, CNN, 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 - 3:30 pm

Preconference Workshop


There's No Place Like Home to Dialyze: Improving Nursing Knowledge and Skills of Home Modalities

5.75 CH, 1.0 Rx

Angellina Graham, RN, CDN
Joan Gustafson, BSN, RN
Mitzi Hutchens, MSN, RN
Kathy Oliver, RN

This two-part 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. 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 products available within the home care market. (Limited to 75 participants.)

Supported by an educational grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Preconference Workshop


Clinical Concerns in Acute Care

5.25 CH, .25 Rx

Rasheed Balogun, MD, FACP, FASN, HP(ASCP)
Judy Kauffman, MSN, RN, CNN
Mary Perrecone, MS, RN, CCRN, CNN
Rebecca Billion, RN
Mary Alice Norton, BSN, FNP-C

This workshop will focus on various conditions, treatment modalities, and potential complications in the acute practice setting. Acute kidney injury and sepsis will be explored, including risk factors, assessment, early identification, and treatment modalities. Managing the complications of apheresis as a treatment option also will be covered. In addition, the workshop will feature an in-depth look at heart failure, particularly the effect on kidney function and treatment, as well as how to manage individuals with a ventricular assistive device who are being discharged from the hospital.

Optional Half-Day Preconference Workshops (040-070)

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

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Preconference Workshop


Spotlight on Pediatric Nephrology Issues

2.75 CH

Malinda Harrington, MSN, FNP-BC, ANCC
Nancy McAfee, MN, RN, CNN
Jennifer Ehrlich, RN, CDN

Dealing with the pediatric patient population can be challenging. This workshop will address common issues found in pediatric nephrology patients as well as treatments. Keeping children safe in practice is another important issue that will be discussed. In addition, developing a model for fluid loss in the pediatric patient in need of dialysis will be explored.

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Preconference Workshop


Emerging Pathogens: Ebola, MERS, Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria, and More

2.75 CH, 2.75 Rx

David van Duin, MD, PhD

Today's health care workers must be prepared to assess, plan for, and treat emerging viruses such as Ebola, MERS, and Chikungunya. An expert in infectious disease, Dr. van Duin will discuss the emergence of these viruses as well as nonviral pathogens, such as multi-drug resistant bacteria, and their impact on the United States health care system.

11:15 am - 3:30 pm*

Preconference Workshop


It's in the Genes: The Genetics Behind Diabetes and Hypertension

2.5 CH, 1.0 Rx

Betsy Dokken, PhD, NP
Jennifer Fillaus, DO

The Human Genome Project illuminated the connection between genes and how our bodies work. This workshop will focus on the genetic basis for two common comorbidities in patients with chronic kidney disease — diabetes and hypertension. Attendees will explore how genetics may affect the development of and complications associated with hypertension and diabetes as well as treatment plans.

11:15 am - 3:30 pm*

Preconference Workshop


The Impact of Sodium Imbalances

2.5 CH

Alkesh Jani, MD

This workshop will focus on the pathophysiology of sodium imbalances — hypo- and hypernatremia. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical situations that may contribute to the development of sodium imbalances, and case study presentation will highlight the medical and nursing management of these complications.

*Workshops 060 and 070 will break from 12:30 to 2:15 pm to allow registrants to attend Session 101.

12:30 am - 12:45 pm


12:45 pm - 2:00 pm



Addressing Hyperphosphatemia: The Ongoing Concerns for Health Care Professionals Caring for the CKD Population

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Supported through an educational grant from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

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