Saturday, October 14

All event times are Central Time Zone.

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration Open

7:15 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / Symposium (pending corporate support)

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Opening General Session


Overcoming Obstacles to Home Hemodialysis

1.0 CH

Patricia Patterson, BSN, RN
David Rush

Home dialysis is a modality that has been proven to have the best patient outcomes and longevity. Despite these data, home dialysis can be challenging for some individuals. Hear from a patient about her perspective and experiences with home care. Gain insight into how to be more proactive with education and training, and how to assist patients/families to be better prepared so they, too, can succeed with home dialysis.

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (121-123)


Elevating Advanced Practice Nephrology Nursing

1.25 CH

Leah Wayner, MSN, ACNP, CNN-NP

This presenter will make the case for advanced practice RNs to practice independently in nephrology, offering compelling evidence to support this model. She will discuss the barriers that need to be overcome to achieve this goal.


Dialysis Access Creation and Maintenance: Finding Ways to Communicate and Collaborate to Improve Patient Outcomes

1.25 CH

Susan Walker, BS, RN

Learn ways to improve the experience and outcomes of patients who undergo creation and maintenance of a vascular access. Gain insight into common barriers and why they occur, and take away knowledge to help establish quality improvements to overcome these barriers.


Eyes Wide Open to Housing and Food Insecurity in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease

1.25 CH


Gain insight and perspective around the problem of food and housing insecurity for populations with chronic kidney disease. These insights will help you improve your assessment and care planning for these patients and their families.

12:00 nn - 1:30 pm

Lunch / Product Theater


Unraveling the Complement System in Kidney Disease: Fundamentals and Clinical Practice

Anirban Bose, MD
Hamid Moradi, MD, FASN

Sponsored by Novartis

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (141-143)


Do Not Resuscitate, Advance Directives, Living Will, Healthcare Power of Attorney: What’s the Difference?

1.25 CH

Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, CNN
Lisa Zokas Kindy, JD

This session will clarify questions around documents that convey patients’ preferences for resuscitation, comfort care, end of life, and assignment of a legal spokesperson.


Childhood and Adult-Onset Type 1 Diabetes: A Primer for Nephrology Nurses

1.25 CH Rx

Mary Schira, PhD, RN

As the incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing in adults, this topic is of growing importance to nephrology nurses. This session will cover the incidence, pathophysiologic causes/risks for development of type 1 diabetes, and treatment options.


Perspective on the Nephrology Nurse’s Role in Home Dialysis Therapies

1.25 CH

Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
Donna Painter, MS, BSN, RN, CNN
Teresa Villaran, MS, MSN, CNN, CNE(ret), CCRN(alumnus)

This session will bring participants up to date on the work of ANNA’s Home Dialysis Therapies Task Force and the outcome of their Think Tank meeting. The task force’s work centered around gaining insight into barriers to home dialysis therapy and updating ANNA position statements to bolster advocacy efforts aimed at increasing utilization of this therapy option.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (151-153)


End of Life: Helping Our Patients Navigate Death

1.25 CH

Louisa Freiberger, RN, CDN
Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, CNN

Nephrology nurses care for persons with high mortality. Death care and cultural death practices are part of nursing care. This session will explore types of body disposal, including traditional burial, cremation, and cultural practices associated with death.


The Culture of Patient Safety in Dialysis Settings

1.25 CH

Naomi Opitz, BSN, RN, CDN

How does the culture of a healthcare setting impact patient safety? This informative discussion will enlighten you on the path to creating a safer environment for patients and one where staff are engaged in contributing to the culture of safety.


KDIGO Updates: Catching Up on All That’s New

1.25 CH

Jennifer Branch, DNP, APRN, NP-C, CCTC
Christine Corbett, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF

Bring yourself up to date on the latest KDIGO guidelines! This session will review the most recent evidence-based guidelines that will validate and support your current practice and elevate your knowledge so you can incorporate changes in practice.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open / Reception in Exhibit Hall

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.

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