April 15 - 18, 2018 | Westgate Las Vegas Resort | Las Vegas, NV

COLLABORATE with colleagues to create solutions for today’s practice challenges.

NETWORK with a community of nephrology nurses like you!

Tuesday, April 17

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Symposium


Hepatitis C: Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Supported through an educational grant from Merck

8:45 am - 10:30 am

Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-215)


Making Dialysis Safer for Patients: 101

1.25 CH

Nicole Gualandi, MS/MPH, RN, CIC
Stephanie Booth, BSHCA, CCHT-A

This session will provide an up-to-date review of essential infection prevention elements that are used to make dialysis safer for patients.

Offered in collaboration with the American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Bed Bugs: From Hotels to Dialysis Units

1.25 CH

Lawrence Park, MSPH, CHCM, CPEA

This session will address the incidence of bed bug infections in dialysis units, the risks for patients and staff, and the development of eradication plans to assist staff in maintaining a bed bug-free environment.


Online Search Tools, Social Media, and Technology Tips

1.25 CH

Celess Tyrell

Learn more about online search tools such as Google (verbatim wording, time frames, etc.), social media platforms, managing bookmarks and security settings, navigating ANNA’s Online Library and ANNA Connected, and other technology tips.


Transplant Assessment, Evaluation, Follow-up Care

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Kenneth Andreoni, MD

This session will provide an overview of the kidney transplant evaluation process, specific patient considerations (cardiovascular issues, surgical complications, etc.), as well as postoperative medication management and care.


Honoring End-of-Life Wishes for Persons with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Global Analysis

1.25 CH

Giuliano Brunori, MD
Mary Haras, PhD, MBA, APN, NP-C, CNN

Presenters will focus on the implications of CKD as a global health issue, comparing the development of end-of-life guidelines in the United States and Italy, including factors that affect nephrology nurses’ perceptions of advanced care planning.

12:00 nn - 1:30 pm



Nephrology Nurse Recognition Lunch

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 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Immunosuppressant Use in ESRD: Dialysis and Transplant

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS

Immunosuppressive medications are prescribed routinely for patients with CKD. Medication uses (and potential side effects) for patients on dialysis, patients who have had a transplant, or patients with other disease processes will be covered in this informative session.


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.


Applying Patient Engagement Strategies to Achieve Patient-Centered Care

1.25 CH

Carolyn Latham, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN

This session will focus on the differences between patient-centered care and patient and family engagement in care. Evidence for the importance of engaging both patients and families in care and tips for success also will be shared.


Low-Protein Diet for CKD Patients

1.25 CH

Giuliano Brunori, MD

This session will outline nutritional goals for patients with CKD and discuss the impact of various protein allowances in the progression of CKD.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-245)


ABCs of Staff Infection Control Education and Competency Development from Assessment to Simulation

1.25 CH

Nicole Gualandi, MS/MPH, RN, CIC
Stephanie Booth, BSHCA, CCHT-A

Experience practical infection control education and learning methodologies using a variety of teaching techniques and simulation to perform catheter care/connection/disconnection, AVF/AVG access, patient role/advocacy, and CDC audit tool use.

Offered in collaboration with the American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Collaborative Care for Depression in Patients with Kidney Disease

1.25 CH

Rita Haverkamp, MSN, RN, PHMCNS-BC

Depression is common in patients with chronic disease. This session will review evidence-based treatments for depression, benefits of collaborative care, and Medicare billing codes for collaborative care.


For the Nurse, By the Nurse: Innovative Dialysis Staffing Model

1.25 CH

Nenita Cuellar, BSN, RN, CNN
Stephanie Huckaby, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CSSGB

This session will address the challenge of dialysis unit staffing by examining how to engage nurses in the process and the benefits of interprofessional collaboration. The use of schedule pilots as a way to improve employee engagement and satisfaction will be discussed.


The ABCs of Presenting at a Conference: From Writing an Abstract to Presentation

1.25 CH

Kim Schafer Astroth, PhD, RN

Have you wanted to speak at a conference, but felt overwhelmed about writing an abstract for submission or compiling your presentation? Get tips for preparing an abstract and a conference presentation from the experts.


Immunization Recommendations for Pediatric Patients with CKD, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Renal Transplant: A Literature Review and Quality Improvement Project

1.25 CH, 1.0 Rx

Jacqueline Costello, DNP, MSN Ed, APRN, CPNP-PC

Does a chronic illness in childhood change the recommended immunization schedule? Learn about immunization recommendations for pediatric patients with CKD, nephrotic syndrome, and renal transplant as well as the importance of continued follow up and evaluation for these children.

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (251-254)


Abstract Presentations - Clinical Focus

1.0 CH

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.

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