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).

Wednesday, April 16

6:45 am - 3:15 pm


6:45 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast

7:15 am - 9:00 am

Early Bird Session


The Sickest of the Sick: How to Manage Heart Failure in the Person with Kidney Failure

1.75 CH, 1.25 CH

Linda Wick, MS, CNP

  • Describe the new terms in heart failure — heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) –— and the pathophysiology.
  • Review the 2013 guidelines for management of heart failure.
  • Discuss pearls in heart failure / renal failure management in the person with kidney failure.

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions


Sleep Deprivation from Both Sides of the Chair: Understanding Energy and Fatigue

1.0 CH ALL

William Sieber, PhD

  • Discuss the causes of sleep deprivation.
  • Describe the principles of physiology related to sleep deprivation.
  • Identify strategies to promote sleep hygiene measures.


Uric Acid: More than Gout

1.0 CH, .5 Rx CK HD PD

Daniel Feig, MD, PhD, MS

  • Review the epidemiologic association of uric acid and progression of CKD and CVD.
  • Discuss the mechanisms by which uric acid causes vascular damage.
  • Determine why patients with CKD have elevated uric acid.
  • Explore strategies to lower uric acid levels.
  • Analyze the small amount of clinic trial data on the efficacy of uric acid lowering therapy.


Retaining Patients in Home Therapy Programs, Part 1


Candy Regua, BSN, RN

  • Identify patient perceptions of barriers to remaining home.
  • Describe nurse perceptions of barriers to patients remaining at home.
  • Discuss operational solutions to facilitate customer satisfaction and quality of life at home.


CKD Decisions: The Future of CKD / ESRD Care Today, Part 1

1.0 CH ALL

Robert C. Albright, Jr., DO

  • Describe the challenges facing patients with advanced renal failure.
  • Discuss the choices facing patients with advanced renal failure.
  • Identify factors that will predict successful outcomes for patients with ESRD.
  • Define the concept of accountable care.
  • Using case studies, identify attributes of accountable care that can be incorporated into practice.

9:15 am - 11:00 am


Cardiac Stunning

1.75 CH, .5 Rx AC HD HHD PD

John Burkart, MD

  • Review the pathophysiology of cardiac stunning in the ESRD patient.
  • Compare and contrast in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) and home therapy patients regarding incidence and outcomes of cardiac stunning.
  • Discuss key clinical strategies to prevent and/or mitigate cardiac stunning in the ESRD patient.
  • Integrate appropriate nursing responsibilities into prevention strategies for cardiac stunning in the ESRD patient.

Note: This session ends at 11:00 am.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions


Great Debate, Great Expectation: Immunosuppressant Update 2013

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx AC TX

Ali Olyaei, PharmD

  • Describe the steps involved in aggressively screening for acute rejection.
  • Explain interventions to prevent acute rejection or progression from acute to chronic allograft dysfunction.
  • Identify important barriers to improving allograft and patient survival.
  • Discuss the most recent medications available to prevent acute rejection.


Association of Albumin with Malnutrition and Inflammation

1.0 CH ALL

Eileen Moore, CNSC, RD, LD

  • Describe the relationship among albumin and hospitalization, mortality, and its influence on other outcomes.
  • Recognize inflammation and malnutrition syndromes.
  • Discuss the importance of lean body mass.
  • Apply information from an algorithm of inclusive interventions in the malnourished renal patient.


Retaining Nurses in Home Therapy Programs, Part 2


Leslie Wong, MD

  • Describe the changes nephrology nursing needs to make in the 21st century to meet patient needs.
  • Compare and contrast nursing assignments in home therapies and in-center environments.
  • Identify factors needed for nurse recruitment and retention strategies to be successful.


CKD Decisions: The Future of CKD / ESRD Care Today, Part 2

1.0 CH ALL

Note: This session is a continuation of session 314

11:30 am

National Symposium Adjourns

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