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2002-2003 was truly a year of accomplishments for ANNA members! (President's Message).

In serving as your association president in 2002-2003, I was able to reaffirm a long-held belief--that ANNA truly is rich in dedicated, talented, and experienced volunteers who always give freely of their time and expertise to promote the growth of our membership. It is because of our terrific volunteers, as well as our talented management staff, that ANNA is able to accomplish much in the nephrology community. In 2002-2003, our volunteers and management staff once again stepped up to the plate to help the association enjoy a truly remarkable year during very difficult times in the health care arena.

The Year in Review

ANNA's accomplishments were numerous in the past year due to the dedication of our talented leadership, volunteers, and staff. Here are a few highlights:

* The ANNA Strategic Plan was revised, simplified, and operationalized at all levels of the organization. Strategic actions for 2003-2005 were reached by consensus of the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 ANNA boards.

* ANNA hosted a landmark meeting of the renal community, "Nephrology Nursing Shortage and Solutions: An Invitational Summit," in March 2003 in Baltimore. Information from this historic summit can be found in this issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal (see page 141). Detailed information on the work of the Summit will be published in the next several months as project plans originating at the Summit are developed.

* The Work Environment Survey (WES), a first of its kind survey of staff nurses in outpatient dialysis settings, was completed and will allow ANNA to more accurately advocate for nephrology nurses in that setting. Results of the survey can be found on pages 169-178 in this issue of the NNJ.

* Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, CHE, was appointed Editor of the Nephrolory Nursing Journal in June 2002. As ANNA members have seen in the past several months, Dr. Ulrich has helped authors and her Editorial Board develop a variety of informative clinical and research articles, while the Journal has also introduced a crisp, new redesign of its cover and inside pages! And, according to the 2002-2003 membership survey, the journal continues to rank as the most valued membership service for ANNA members.

* Sally Russell, MN, RN, was appointed as ANNA's Director of Educational Services in late 2002. Sally has played a key role in helping ANNA continue its rich tradition of providing quality educational content for its members, including our Fall Meeting in Phoenix in October 2002 and our National Symposium in Chicago in April 2003.

* Under the authorship of Nancy Syzmanski, Nancy Sharp, and Kathleen Smith, ANNA published the well-received ESRD Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers. This publication not only has been circulated as a valuable educational tool among our own members, but has been widely distributed among federal legislators and staff on Capitol Hill.

* The Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Pediatrics SIGs developed and distributed a series of fact sheets that provided essential information on the care of adults and children. These fact sheets are posted on ANNA's web site and have been distributed at national and local meetings throughout the year and appeared in the NNJ.

* Four new position papers were added and all remaining statements were revised, allowing ANNA to communicate the position of nephrology nursing on a number of important issues while facilitating our role in the public policy arena. All ANNA position papers are published in this issue of NNJ (see pages 154-167).

* The ANNA Board of Directors approved a 5-year agreement with Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. to continue providing national office services, extending the successful partnership that began in 1980.

These are just a few highlights of our 2002-2003 ANNA year, and of course there were numerous other accomplishments as well.

Thank You to All!

On behalf of the 2002-2003 ANNA Board of Directors, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all association members for your continued support of ANNA and nephrology nursing. This past year has truly been rewarding, and it is because of our volunteer leaders and members that the future looks even brighter!
Gail Wick, BSN, RN, CNN
2002-2003 ANNA President

ANNA's Mission

ANNA will advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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