Tuesday, April 16

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Symposium


Hyperkalemia: The Impact of Food and Medications in the CKD Patient

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Christine Chmielewski, MS, CRNP, CNN-CNP, APRN-BC
Supported by an educational grant from Relypsa, Inc.

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. Click here to view the exhibitor listing/floorplan.

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-215)


Ins and Outs of Clinic Development in Nephrology Practices

1.25 CH

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

If you are interested in starting an APRN-led CKD clinic, this session is for you! From the beginning details to guideline development, financial considerations, and impact on quality of care, learn about the many factors involved in establishing a CKD clinic in a nephrology practice.


Pressure Injuries

1.25 CH

Christine Thies Berke, MSN, APRN-NP, CWOCN-AP, AGPCNP-BC

Develop a more in-depth understanding of pressure injury risk and prevention in patients in clinics, at home, and in acute care settings. Learn tips and techniques for assessing for pressure injuries in dialysis units when patients are fully clothed and what staff can do to help prevent pressure injuries.


Transplant Readiness: Fundraising

1.25 CH

Yulanda Horton, MBA/MHA, BS

What are the costs related to transplantation? How can a patient in need of a transplant obtain financial support? This session will explore potential sources of transplant funding, the increasing use of fundraising, and the pros and cons of fundraising websites.


Recognition of the Patient Abusing Alcohol

1.25 CH

Sally Russell, MN, RN, CEN

It is important for clinicians to be able to recognize alcohol abuse in patients. This session will address alcohol cues, index of suspicion, and assessment tools. In addition, discover ways to initiate a discussion about alcohol abuse and to identify the effect of an individual’s support system on recovery.


Palliative Dialysis as an Option for Older Adults

1.25 CH


Traditionally, older adults on dialysis have been considered higher risk than younger patients. Dr. Hain will share information about newer treatment models for older adults with end-stage renal disease and explore the concept of palliative dialysis in this important session for nurses who care for older patients.

12:00 nn - 1:30 pm



Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon

Celebrate your colleagues’ accomplishments as the ANNA Outstanding Achievement Awards are announced. The luncheon also will include the annual ANNA business meeting and induction of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-235)


Hypotension Basics

1.25 CH, 75 Rx

Barbara Odom, BSN, RN, CDN

This session will examine the basics of hypotension, including causes across the continuum of CKD, signs, symptoms, and treatment options. When should treatment be initiated? And, what are the differences in treatment when caring for acute, chronic, or transplant patients?


When the State Comes Marching In: Is Your Staff Ready?

1.25 CH

Gail Dewald, BS, RN, CNN
Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN

How do you prepare your unit for a survey? What is the process for the new and experienced APRN, RN, and PCT? Learn more about differentiating between surveys initiated due to patient complaints and those that are standard reviews; and develop an action plan for survey responses.


Fabry Disease: An Uncommon Disorder with Serious Renal Consequences

1.25 CH

Cynthia Smith, DNP, CNN-NP, FNP-BC, APRN, FNKF

Learn all you need to know about Fabry disease. This session will cover the disease pathology, genetics, inheritance pattern, associated renal changes, risks for progression to ESRD, and the role of nephrology nurses in patient care.


From Idea to Article: Writing for Publication Workshop

1.25 CH

Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN

This session will review manuscript development and publication processes and help participants create a plan for writing a manuscript for publication.


Gut Microbiome: How the Gut Affects the Kidney

1.25 CH, .5 Rx

Mary Schira, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

What is the gut microbiome? Explore how the gut microbiome is involved in CKD progression and the development of complications. Recent interventions targeting the gut microbiome for therapeutic purposes also will be shared.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-245)


Social Media Pitfalls

1.0 CH

Celess Tyrell

Social media can be a wonderful tool, but there are potential pitfalls and dangers associated with this technology. Learn tips for what should and should not be posted on social media, ramifications of sharing inappropriate information, and ways to make social media more productive and beneficial. Instructions for using this technology also will be provided as time permits.


Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Use (of Medications) in Older Adults

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN, AGNP-C, FAAN

The Beers Criteria for determining the appropriateness of using various medications in older adults will be the basis of this presentation. Application of this information to patients with CKD also will be explored.


Vascular Access in Pediatric Patients with CKD and ESRD: How Nurses Can Impact Care

1.0 CH

Tyson Moore, APRN, FNP-C, CPN

This session will address vascular access in pediatric patients with kidney disease, including the impact of the size of vessels, strategies for cannulation, and assessment and care of the cannulation site.


The Synergy Between a Fulfilling Nursing Career and ANNA

1.0 CH

Lesley Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNNe

Ms. Dinwiddie will share her experience in fostering professionalism and expertise by creating synergy between a nursing career and involvement in a professional nursing organization (ANNA). Explore the many facets of building a professional nursing career during this informative session.


Getting to the Heart of Malnutrition: Connecting Inflammation, Malnutrition, and Cardiovascular Health in CKD

1.0 CH,

Wai Yin Ho, MSEd, MS, RDN

Malnutrition in patients with CKD is not uncommon, and there is growing understanding of the connection among inflammation, malnutrition, and cardiovascular health in CKD. Inflammation leads to protein energy wasting and is the basis for CKD and cardiovascular issues. Strategies to address these complexities will be the focus of this session.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (251-253)


Abstract Presentations - Clinical Focus

1.0 CH

Abstract Presentations - Research Focus

1.0 CH

View abstracts accepted for presentation.

5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Dinner / Symposium


The CKD Patient with Hyperkalemia: Nephrology Nurses' Evidence-Based Care

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS
Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, ANP, GNP, CNN
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca

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