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ANNA Wins Prestigious Award for COVID-19 Surge Support Staffing Tool
PITMAN, NJ – The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) has received a 2021 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A® Gold Award for its ”COVID-19 Nephrology Nurse Surge Support” interactive map, an online program launched last year to connect nephrology nurses with facilities facing critical shortages of nursing staff during the pandemic.
“We developed the map after states and other organizations sounded the alarm, asking us for help in recruiting nephrology nurses for COVID-19 hotspots,” ANNA Executive Director Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNN, FAAN, said.
Because the virus causes life-threatening kidney complications and the nationwide emergency is ongoing, Dr. Kear said the surge support map is as important now as it was when COVID-19 first emerged and will remain in use until the virus recedes.
The Power of A (association) Awards are the industry’s highest honor and recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. The awards spotlight “the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to solve problems and strengthen lives, the workforce, the economy, and the world,” according to ASAE.
“ANNA is honored that the association’s work, which helped so many patients and facilities during these times of critical emergency, is being recognized with this award,” ANNA President David Walz, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN, FACHE, said. “Nephrology nurses have been providing frontline care like this for decades, whether the situation is a national emergency or a daily challenge. They are extraordinarily skilled and dedicated professionals.”
ANNA will be recognized as a Power of A® Award recipient during the ASAE Summit Awards reception September 30, 2021, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
“Congratulations for exemplifying the impact associations have on the industries and professions they represent, and on society at large,” said ASAE President & CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “It’s always so incredibly satisfying to see associations going above and beyond their everyday mission to change the world. We’re very proud to spotlight this award-winning initiative.”
The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) is a professional nursing association comprising more than 8,300 nephrology nurses. ANNA improves members' lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science.