7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
010: Culture of Safety

This workshop will explore the concept of a culture of safety and will address its application to health care. Speakers will discuss how to establish a culture of safety, how to manage escalating behaviors and safety events in nephrology settings, and will share best practices for prevention and management of serious events.

020: Survey Readiness in Acute Dialysis

Workshop presenters will provide a comprehensive review of preparedness for regulatory survey in the acute dialysis setting. Topics will include regulatory review, quality concerns for water, machines and dialysate, acute medication management standards, and infection control standards.

030: LEAD Workshop for Chapter Officers

This workshop will provide leadership training and development for ANNA chapter officers. Invitations and complete program details will be provided to incoming 2024-2025 chapter officers in February 2024.

040: LEAD Workshop for SPN Leaders/Advisors

This workshop will provide leadership training and development for Specialty Practice two symposium sessions (#145 and #155) on Monday, April 15.. Network (SPN) Leaders and Advisors. Invitations and complete program details will be provided to incoming 2024-2025 SPN Leaders/Advisors in February 2024.

1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
101: Non-CE Lunch / Product Theater A DISEASE-MODIFYING TREATMENT OPTION FOR AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE (ADPKD): Highlighting the Importance of Shared Decision-Making With Your Patients

The objective of the presentation is to educate attendees on a comprehensive program about ADPKD prevalence, an available treatment option for appropriate patients, and patient counseling & shared decision-making.

Sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceutical

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
102: Orientation for New ANNA Members / First-Time and International Attendees

Learn how to make the most of your symposium experience! Get tips on navigating the program, completing the evaluation process, and maximizing networking opportunities.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
103: Opening Ceremonies / Janel Parker Memorial Opening Session - Futuristic Thinking and the Role of Technology in Enabling the Future of Health and Kidney Care

Dr. Khayat will discuss the exciting possibilities of how a futuristic mindset and advances in technology can lead to advancements in care for patients with chronic kidney disease.

5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
104: Exhibit Hall Grand Opening / Reception

Meet with industry representatives and view displays of state-of-the-art technology, products, and services. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
105: Wine & Cheese / CE Evening Presentation A Contemporary Approach to Treatment of Anemia for Dialysis Patients: A KDIGO Perspective

Brought to you by KDIGO/Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Akebia

6:00 AM - 6:45 AM
110: Healthy Living / Fitness Walk

Energize your day by starting off the morning with a jog, walk, or leisurely stroll with friends.

7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
120: Breakfast / Non-CE Product Theater - KRYSTEXXA® (Pegloticase) Can Change the Course of Uncontrolled Gout

This activity is supported through an educational grant from Amgen

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
130: Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break

Contact hours are available for viewing poster displays in the exhibit hall. Presenters will be available to discuss their posters during designated times.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
141: Wellness for Healthcare Professionals

This session will raise your awareness about why wellness is important and will cover aspects that you may not have previously considered. Take away some practical tips that can be incorporated into your everyday life as permanent habits!

142: Achilles Heel for Dialysis: Update on Dialysis Access

Update your knowledge to keep abreast of new innovations in dialysis access. Learn the implications for nephrology nurses as well as the implications for patients on dialysis.

143: Calciphylaxis: Early Presentation and Progression

Sharpen your understanding of calciphylaxis with this review of factors influencing risk, early recognition, diagnosis, and medical management.

144: Understanding Value-Based Care in Nephrology

Examine value-based care in nephrology and take away a greater understanding of clinical considerations and how this concept is applied in the dialysis setting.

145: What Do Nephrology Nurses REALLY Want? Asked and Answered

The session will summarize the interpretation of introspective data regarding ANNA collected at the 2023 North Carolina Statewide Symposium and discuss the implications for ANNA going forward. (This session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.)


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
151: Dialysis Drug Considerations: More Than Just a Dose

This discussion will review guidance related to dosage of medications specific to patients with end-stage kidney disease and patients on dialysis.

152: The Future Is Here: Update on Kidney Transplantation

Each speaker will give a brief review of their specific area of expertise related to kidney transplantation. Topics to be covered include pancreas-kidney transplantation, xenotransplantation, transplant designee in the unit, and the rise of robots.

153: Waste Not Want Not: How Are We Managing Medical Waste

This presentation will raise your awareness about medical waste – the cost, disposal methods, and the environmental impact. Ways to reduce overall medical waste in facilities will be explored.

154: Update on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Healing the Divide: A Journey to Health Equity through Implicit Bias Recognition.

This session will provide an overview of the components of strategic planning and an update on current ANNA diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives to achieving health equity.

155: Nephrology Nursing Leadership in Advancing Value-Based Care

This presentation will highlight the unique opportunities for nephrology nurses to take on leadership roles in the transition to value-based care, thereby influencing policy, practice, and patient outcomes in kidney health. (This session is designed for ANNA volunteer leaders as part of the LEAD orientation program.)

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
160: Box Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
171: Current Challenges in Home Therapies

Home Therapies SPN:

172: Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care: Steps for Success

Pediatric SPN

173: Harmonizing Healthcare Voices: Addressing Communication Challenges with Dialysis

Acute Care SPN

174: Updated Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease Management

Chronic Kidney Disease SPN

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Exhibits / Posters / Refreshment Break

Contact hours are available for viewing poster displays in the exhibit hall. Presenters will be available to discuss their posters during designated times.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
181: Fistula First No More? What Is Happening in Your Clinic?

Hemodialysis SPN

182: Current Issues in Advanced Practice - Impact of Value Based Care

Advanced Practice SPN

183: Nursing Engagement and Work-Life Balance: Can We Achieve Both?

Administration SPN

184: Organ Allocation Update: An Enchanted Kingdom or a Haunted Mansion?

Transplantation SPN

185: Partnership with Nursing Programs to Create Awareness and Education Opportunities in Nephrology

Educator SPN

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
ANNA Town Hall

Meet with members of the ANNA Board of Directors who will be available to answer questions, listen to suggestions, and discuss issues of importance to ANNA members.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
190: 55th Anniversary Celebration Gala & Dance Party

Join colleagues and friends as we celebrate nephrology nursing and ANNA’s 55th anniversary with a special gala. The evening will open with a cocktail reception and networking opportunity. Then, enjoy dancing and refreshments during a special anniversary celebration and dance party. (Note: Cocktail/party attire encouraged.)

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
201: Breakfast / Non-CE Product Theater - Unraveling the Role of the Complement System in Kidney Disease

Anirban Bose, MD
Monali Majmudar, PharmD, FAPhA
Sponsored by Novartis



8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Exhibits / Posters / Coffee Break

Contact hours are available for viewing poster displays in the exhibit hall. Presenters will be available to discuss their posters during designated times.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
211: SEEKING Nephrology Nursing Innovators: Research Fundamentals Workshop

This workshop will review all the phases of research development, plus grant writing and submission. Mentorship opportunities through the ANNA Research Committee also will be discussed.

212: Complement-Mediated Kidney Disease

This session will provide a comprehensive review of complement-mediated chronic kidney disease (CMCKD). The presenter will cover the complement pathway and its role in kidney disease, distinguish between the various complement-mediated kidney disorders, and review medical management of CMCKD.

213: Citrate Anticoagulation: What, How, and Monitoring

This session will present an alternate to use of heparin for anticoagulation in hemodialysis. Regional citrate anticoagulation will be explained, including the benefits versus risks of its use.

214: Keys to Sustainable and Sustainable Home Therapies Program

The presenter will share best practices to achieving and maintaining a home therapies program over the long term.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
220: Nephrology Nurse Recognition Lunch

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, induction of the 2024-2025 Board of Directors, and a message from incoming ANNA President Nancy Colobong Smith

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
231: Writing for Publication: From Idea to Article

Nephrology Nursing Journal Editor-in-Chief 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.

232: Pediatric Mental Health

This presentation will cover the assessment, treatment, and ongoing management of common mental health diagnoses of children who have chronic kidney disease.

233: Staff Retention

This session will provide insight into how to proactively deal with staff turnover and move the dial in the direction of retention.

234: Investigating the Updates of Polycystic Kidney Disease

This session will provide the latest updates on pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management options for polycystic kidney disease.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
240: Nephrology Nursing Networking Mixer - Sponsored by the ANNA Leadership Committee

Connect with experienced nurses from diverse specialties, including pediatric, transplant, kidney transplant, value-based care, in-center hemodialysis, home dialysis (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis), CKD management, acute dialysis, research, and industry specialties, to explore career opportunities in kidney care and dialysis.

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
250: Coffee and Dessert / Non-CE Evening Presentation: Exploring the Impact of Anemia in Patients with CKD

Speaker:  Darlena Banas, FNP, APRN, CNN-NP

Sponsored by GSK

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
301: Gastrointestinal Symptoms and CKD: Impact and Intervention

This session will cover common gastrointestinal symptoms experienced by patients with chronic kidney disease. The presenter will explore the multifactorial etiologies and will offer interventions and medical management options to reduce symptom burden and improve overall well-being.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
311: Health Policy Update

This session will provide an update on health policy impacting nephrology nursing. Learn about legislative and regulatory policies that have the actual or potential power to influence nursing practice, education, and delivery of care to patients with kidney disease. Explore legislative and policy issues of importance to the nursing profession and patients’ lives.

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
321: Master the Mock Code: The First 15

This presentation will cover the critical actions that should occur during the first 15 minutes following a cardiopulmonary arrest in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Case scenarios will encourage audience participation in discussing common errors, best practices in resuscitation, and the importance of teamwork.

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
331: Malpractice 2.0

These presenters return by audience request to cover the multifaceted topic of malpractice.  Emphasis will be on high-risk litigation situations such as driving after dialysis, falls in and outside of the unit (this includes the parking lot!), and IV push medications administered by patient care technicians (Some states currently permit them to administer heparin).  Discussion will include some case examples.  Presenters will point out implications for ALL nephrology nurses.  You won't want to miss this!

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
National Symposium Adjourns