Sunday, May 2

Please note: All event times are Eastern Time Zone.

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD, RN, CNN
ANNA Symposium Emcee

Get ready for an exciting educational and networking experience with nephrology nurse colleagues and friends. Join Dr. Jackson Brown, longtime ANNA member and this year's symposium emcee, as we kick off the 2021 ANNA National Symposium.

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Opening Ceremonies / ANNA President’s Address

Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN
2020-2021 ANNA President

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Janel Parker Memorial Session


Navigating the New Normal with I.D.E.A.S. (Inclusion, Data, Equity, Accountability, and Systems Change)

1.0 CH

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN

Leaders at all levels are responsible for fostering teamwork and reaching “across the aisle” to promote inclusion and unity. Dr. Alexander, who has served as Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has vast experience in what that means, and how we, as nurses, need to consider our roles in fostering a culture that is diverse and inclusive of other people, other ideas, and other ways of doing things. She was recently selected by the American Nurses Association as the Scholar-In-Residence focused on addressing the problem of systemic racism in the nursing profession. Dr. Alexander will provide insights and strategies that we can all use to build our own leadership practices.

11:30 am - 11:45 am


11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions


The Nephrology Nurse’s Role in Safe Opioid Prescription / Practices

1.0 CH

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD, RN, CNN

Patients with chronic kidney disease are more likely to be prescribed opioids for pain associated with chronic conditions and comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension. This session will review the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescription of Opioids for Chronic Pain, which will assist nephrology nurses to provide safer and more effective chronic pain treatment options, improve opioid prescribing practices, and reduce the number of patients with opioid use disorder, opioid misuse, or opioid-related harm.


Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis (PD): What Nurses Need to Know

1.0 CH, 0.5 Rx

Lucy Todd, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNN

Urgent start PD is being used increasingly for individuals in need of acute dialysis. This session will provide an overview of urgent start PD, including when it should be introduced, for which patients, nursing implications, patient care requirements, and the pathophysiologic changes associated with this treatment modality. The takeaway will be an understanding of the differences among urgent start, early start, and traditional start PD.


Baxter PD Excellence Academy ~ A Blueprint for the PD Nurse

1.0 CH

Brenda Wiggins, BSN, RN

A how-to guide on acquiring organizational skills and tips to improve workflow when managing PD patients. Learn how to effectively manage your time, build a nurse toolkit of resources, and strategically navigate through unexpected events that may occur during the day.

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

CE Product Theater


The Nephrology Nurse's Role in Managing Hyperkalemia in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Mary Schira, PhD, APRN, RN, ACNP-BC

Supported through an educational grant from Vifor Pharma

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm


Participate in the virtual exhibit hall and chat with industry representatives about their products and services.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Building a Nurse Residency / Internship Program

1.0 CH

Sharon Bragg, DNP, RN, CCRN

What are nurse residency programs and why are they becoming increasingly important in today’s work environment? This session will answer these questions and provide an overview of nurse residency programs, including benefits to specialty areas, costs, suggestions for marketing, and the necessary program evaluation process.


Liver Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

1.0 CH, 0.5 Rx

Melissa Anderson, MD

Liver disease is often noted in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This session will review risk factors and the development of liver failure in patients with CKD as well as diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic management in outpatient and inpatient settings. The discussion will wrap up with a focus on the challenges of managing advanced liver failure and advanced CKD.


Baxter PD Excellence Academy ~ PD: What It Is and How It Works

1.0 CH

Ann Mancini, MSN, RN, FNP

This presentation will provide you with a fundamental overview of the peritoneal membrane anatomy and physiology. Additionally, a review of the peritoneal transport process, PD solutions, membrane transport variability and how they relate to the PET will be discussed.

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

General Session


Telehealth: What You Need to Know

1.0 CH

Michael Kraus, MD

During the pandemic, telehealth has taken a more prominent role in how people interact with their healthcare providers. Dr. Kraus will discuss ways to incorporate telehealth into your clinic using best practices and lessons learned from other facilities that have implemented telehealth. Tips on reimbursement and billing as well as predictions about the future of telehealth will be shared.

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm


Participate in the virtual exhibit hall and chat with industry representatives about their products and services.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions


“My neighbor said I needed these.” The Promise of Herbals and Supplements

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC

Have you worked with a patient who stated: “My neighbor said I should take these supplements because they will make me better.” What was your response? This session will address this scenario and provide tips for how nephrology nurses can handle conversations with patients about herbals and supplements and their potential impact on kidney health.


Patient Activation and Self-Management for People with Kidney Disease

1.0 CH

Paul Bennett, PhD, MHSM, BN, RN, GCertSc

Patient activation – the willingness and ability of a person to manage their healthcare – provides nephrology nurses with a concept and measurement tool to classify people with kidney disease into various activation levels. Applying an individualized approach to patients based on their activation level may increase patients’ self-care and self-management of their disease process.


Baxter PD Excellence Academy ~ The PD Nurse’s Guide to Starting a New Patient Part 1: Patient Training and PD Catheters

1.0 CH

Dorothy Craft, BSN, RN, CDN

This two-part presentation assists the PD nurse in training a new PD patient and serves as an introduction to PD catheters. This course is based on the ISPD Syllabus for Teaching Peritoneal Dialysis to Patients and Caregivers with an overview of the training plan and helpful resources that reinforce some of the learning called out in the syllabus. Create an effective training experience for your new PD patient as you gain essential skills to transfer knowledge to adult learners in a way that is educational, interesting, and interactive.

7:00 pm - 7:15 pm


7:15 pm - 7:45 pm

ANNA Town Hall


ANNA Town Hall

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.

7:45 pm - 8:00 pm


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Non-CE Product Theater


Patient Perspectives and Management of WavelinQ™ EndoAVFs

Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
Brandy Taylor
Christine Hernandez

Sponsored by BD

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