Monday, May 8

Please note: All event times are Pacific Time Zone.

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Morning Walk


Healthy Living / Fitness Walk

7:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / CE Symposium


Evaluating the Recent Advancements in Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: A Case-Based Approach to Managing CKD and Related Comorbidities

1.0 CH

Supported through an educational grant from Bayer

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break


Poster Presentations

2.0 CH

Posters will be presented during exhibit hours on Monday and Tuesday. Contact hours are available for attending poster sessions.

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (141-145)


From Labs to Diagnostics: Understanding Kidney Disease Essentials

1.25 CH

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

Great for the novice or as a review for the experienced nephrology nurse! This session will begin with an overview of chronic kidney disease followed by a look at laboratory and diagnostic tools that are key to diagnosis and ongoing management of this patient population.


Transplant 2023: Keeping the Momentum

1.25 CH

Marian Charlton, SRN, RN, CCTC
Matthew Cooper, MD
Peter Kennealey, MD, FACS
David Serur, MD

This session will feature a potpourri of topics related to kidney transplant with a brief discussion of each to refresh the participant’s knowledge.


When Your Flame Flickers: Trauma-Informed Self-Care to Sustain Compassion

1.25 CH

Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC

Need to re-fuel the fire for your practice? Explore various settings where nephrology nurses can thrive and make a difference. This session will offer food for thought to re-evaluate your personal goals and tips to achieve a balance to maintain your own well-being as a caregiver.


What, Who, and How in Pulmonary Hypertension

1.25 CH, 0.25 Rx

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP, FASN

This session will provide an overview of pulmonary hypertension in patients receiving dialysis. What is the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension, who are the most vulnerable patients, and how is it diagnosed and treated? A discussion of the contraindications for kidney transplant will be included.

1.25 CH

Gail Dewald, BS, RN, CNN

This is a great session for aspiring and experienced nurse leaders! Presenters will provide an overview of the essential leadership qualities and competencies of successful nurse leaders.

*This session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (151-155)


Preparing Your Facility for Survey

1.25 CH

Gail Dewald, BS, RN, CNN

Be confident in your facility’s/organization’s accreditation survey readiness! This session will review the regulatory updates and common citations in dialysis settings. Strategies for preparation will be discussed.


Dialysis of Drugs

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

George Bailie, PhD, PharmD, RPh, MSc
Nancy Mason, PharmD

Participants will learn about the dialysis-related and drug-related factors that influence drug removal during both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Patient case studies will further reinforce the content and discussion to enhance the learner’s understanding of dialyzability.


Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus

1.25 CH

Mary Schira, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC

This session will cover diabetes mellitus, including pathophysiology, risks for complications, and prevention of progression of chronic kidney disease/end-stage kidney disease. Participants also will gain a better understanding of how diabetic nephropathy is identified on biopsy.


SEEKING* Nephrology Nursing Innovators: Research Fundamentals Workshop (*Supporting Education Empowerment and Knowledge Innovation in Nursing Grants)

1.25 CH

Kelly Dyar, EdD, RN, CNN, CNE

Great opportunity for the novice researcher! This workshop is designed to support ANNA members in research endeavors in the discipline of nephrology nursing. The ANNA Research Committee will mentor attendees following the workshop in the pursuit of expanding the body of research in nephrology nursing.

1.25 CH

Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP

Both new and experienced nephrology nurses will appreciate this perspective on the specialty of nephrology nursing. Opportunities abound in nephrology! Explore options for a rewarding future and an exciting new adventure in nephrology.

*This session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Box Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

ANNA's Specialty Practice Network (SPN) Sessions (171-174)


Home Therapies SPN ~ Are We There Yet? Revisiting the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative

1.0 CH

Pediatric SPN ~ Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatric Nephrology

1.0 CH

Acute Care SPN ~ The (Un)Common Practice of Using the Emergency Department to Get Dialysis Treatments: The Lost Patients

1.0 CH

Chronic Kidney Disease SPN ~ Significance of Kidney Disease Screening Among Adult Patients with Diabetes

1.0 CH

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Exhibits / Posters / Refreshment Break

Plan your time in the exhibit hall and meet with companies about their products and services.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

ANNA's Specialty Practice Network (SPN) Sessions (181-184)


Advanced Practice SPN ~ ‘The Conversation’ as an Essential Element of Nephrology Care: Navigating Difficult Prognoses and Goals of Care Conversations

1.0 CH

Administration SPN ~ I’m Being Sued! How Confident are You that Your Documentation Will Defend You?

1.0 CH

Transplantation SPN ~ What Is the Living Donor Voucher Program? Helping Those Who Need a Kidney in the Future

1.0 CH

Educator SPN ~ Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines: Are We There Yet?

1.0 CH

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Town Hall with ANNA Board of Directors

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.

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Dinner / CE Symposium


The Nephrology Nurse’s Role in Optimizing Outcomes for Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

Supported by an educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dance Party


Dance Party

Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and light refreshments with friends and colleagues at the symposium dance party. Dress is casual.

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