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American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Weeklong Celebration to Spotlight Health Care Heroes

Friday, September 7, 2012

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Weeklong Celebration to Spotlight Health Care Heroes: Nephrology Nurses
Noyes Center for Kidney Disease and Dialysis invites hospitals, dialysis facilities and others to honor nurses during 'Nephrology Nurses Week'

Geneseo, NY– Noyes Health will join the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association in a nationwide celebration honoring nephrology nurses during “Nephrology Nurses Week,” September 9-15, 2012.

Nephrology nurses care for patients with kidney disease and provide lifesaving care each day. To honor their passion and commitment, ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as Nephrology Nurses Week.

ANNA has chosen the theme “You Make the Difference” for this year’s celebration. The theme highlights the way nephrology nurses use their vision, knowledge, and skills to improve patient outcomes. Caring for kidney patients requires nurses to be highly skilled, well educated, and motivated, and nephrology nurses cite the variety and challenges of the specialty as fueling their ongoing passion.

“Nephrology Nurses Week is the ideal time for us to express our appreciation to the Noyes Center for Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center staff” said Tamara West, Vice President of Patient Care. “The patients generally find this an opportune time to extend their appreciation for the quality care the staff at the Center provides every day”.

ANNA launched Nephrology Nurses Week in 2005 to give employers, patients and others the opportunity to thank nephrology nurses for their life-saving work. In addition, ANNA also hopes to spark interest in other nurses about the multifaceted career opportunities available in nephrology. One of the most diverse nursing specialties practiced today, nephrology nurses care for patients of all ages who have, or are at risk for, kidney disease.

About 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Of those patients, over 400,000 experience kidney failure. The rising number of people with kidney disease, many of whom are minorities, is in part attributed to the country’s obesity epidemic, an alarming trend that has led to more cases of diabetes and high blood pressure. Both of these diseases are major contributors to kidney failure.

More information about the work of nephrology nurses is available at (phone: 888-600-2662; e-mail:

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