Tuesday, April 21

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Symposium


Breakfast / Symposium

1.0 CH

Supported by an educational grant from Cara Therapeutics

8:45 am - 10:30 am

Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break

Plan your time in the exhibit hall and meet with companies about their products and services. View the exhibitor listing/floorplan.

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-215)


Home Dialysis: Reaching the CMS Goal of 50% by 2025

1.25 CH

Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, ANP, CNN-NP

Enhancing patient education about kidney disease treatment options enables patients and families to make informed decisions about home care. This session will focus on the components of an effective patient education plan and strategies to increase home dialysis penetration.


Cardiovascular Disease: It’s Not Just for Adults

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Suzan Stephens, BSN, RN, CNN
Barbara Cometti, MA, BSN, RN, CDN

Left ventricular hypertrophy is the most common cardiac abnormality in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and can disrupt the conduction system in the heart, leading to fatal arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, or cardiac failure. Learn more about the importance of accurately measuring blood pressure, managing hypertension, and performing frequent dry weight assessments to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular disease in children with CKD.



1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Rasheed Balogun, MD, FACP, FASN, HP(ACSP)

This session will provide an overview of rhabdomyolysis, including etiology, signs and symptoms, laboratory values, and treatment options.


Understanding Basic Lab Values 101

1.25 CH

Deborah Brooks, MSN, ANP-BC, CNN-NP, CNN

This session will review laboratory values that are key in diagnosing and assessing the progression of kidney disease, including anemia, electrolytes, nutrition, bone management, urine microscopy, and adequacy of dialysis.


New Advances in Apheresis

1.25 CH

Darinka Povrzenic, MBA, HP(ASCP), RN

Learn about recent advances in therapeutic apheresis, including technical improvements, new indications for use, and recommendations for treatment. The session also will address the nephrology nurse’s role as a stakeholder in this therapy.

12:00 nn - 1:30 pm



Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon

Network with friends and celebrate the professional accomplishments of colleagues as the ANNA Outstanding Achievement Award winners are announced. The luncheon also will include the annual ANNA business meeting and induction of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-235)


Stop the Revolving Door: Home Dialysis Patient Retention Strategies

1.25 CH

Brent Miller, MD

Explore the challenges of retaining patients on home therapy. Potential complications of long-term home dialysis, high-risk assessment, and strategies to maintain patients on home dialysis will be discussed.


Vascular Access: Catch It Before It Fails

1.25 CH

Spencer Galt, MD

A primary concern for nephrology nurses caring for dialysis patients is protecting and maintaining the patient’s access. Learn more about the signs of a failing access, procedures that facilitate identification of a problematic access, and the process for handling vascular access complications.


What Is Cannabis? Dive into the Weeds with CKD and Drug Interactions

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Lisa Miller Hedin, BSN, RN

What is cannabis, and how is it being used in kidney care? Explore the differences between cannabis, marijuana, and hemp as well as the legalities associated with each substance. Learn about the dialyzability of these substances and the relationship to the disease process and common kidney disease treatments.


Complement and the Kidney: Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and C3 Glomerulopathy

1.25 CH, 0.75 Rx

Bradley Dixon, MD, FASN

What are the differences between atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome and C3 glomerulopathy? Learn more about these renal diseases, which can occur when the body fails to properly regulate the activation of the complement system, and promising new complement-targeted therapeutic agents that may provide better patient outcomes.


From Idea to Article: Writing for Publication Workshop

1.25 CH

Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN

Nephrology Nursing Journal Editor Beth Ulrich will review the manuscript development, peer review, and publication processes and provide tips for developing a plan for writing and submitting a manuscript for publication.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-245)


Transitional Care Units

1.0 CH

Bryan Fore, BSN, RN

What is a transitional care unit? How can this unit help achieve the 2025 goal for 50% of kidney disease patients to receive treatment at home? How do you start a transitional unit in your clinic? Discover the answers to these questions during this informative session.


Dyslipidemia Across the Kidney Disease Spectrum

1.0 CH, 0.5 Rx

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF

This session will provide an overview of dyslipidemia, including laboratory findings and the association with various kidney diseases and disorders. Review treatment guidelines from organizations (American Heart Association, National Lipid Association, KDIGO) and practice applications for patients across the kidney disease spectrum.


The Relationship Between Inflammation, Depression, and Nonadherence Among Persons with ESRD

1.0 CH

Kathleen Fulmer, PhD(c), FNP, RN, CNN

Ms. Fulmer will share the findings of a research study examining the relationship between inflammation and nonadherence to dialysis treatment in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with depression as a mediating factor. Implications for patient care also will be discussed.


How Can We Help Patients Find a Living Kidney Donor?

1.0 CH

Jennifer Martin

Patients who receive a living donor kidney live longer than those who receive a transplant from a deceased donor; however, the barriers to living donation are considerable. This session will share information about resources, training, and support available to overcome barriers to living organ donation, including a National Kidney Foundation initiative to train people to share their story about the need for a kidney donor and a transplant.


Sepsis Case Study

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Maria Teresa Palleschi, DNP, APRN-BC, RN, CCRN

This case study presentation will follow a patient on a chronic unit who develops sepsis, beginning with admission, to aggressive treatment, diagnostic approaches for catheter-related infections, and transition from inpatient to outpatient care. Preventive strategies also will be shared.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (251-252)


Abstract Presentations - Clinical Focus

1.0 CH

Abstract Presentations - Research Focus

1.0 CH

Abstract Presentations - Research Focus

1.0 CH

View abstracts accepted for presentation.

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Dinner / Non-CE Product Theater


Dinner / Non-CE Product Theater

Sponsored by Amgen

Note: Limited to 200 registrants

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