American Nephrology Nurses Association
EDTNA/ERCA at the ANNA - American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium, April 14-17 2019, in Dallas, Texas, USA
Interviews with Ilaria de Barbieri, EDTNA/ERCA Executive Committe Member & Scientific Programme Chair & Maria Teresa Parisotto, EDTNA/ERCA Secretary
This is the first time you have attended the ANNA Conference, what was your impression?
“I was asked by the EDTNA/ERCA President to represent our Association this year and it was a great experience to meet so many of our American colleagues. We have a lot in common and it is of great value to share our knowledge and experience between us”, says Ilaria.
Ilaria continues, “during the Conference, ANNA invited me to attend the Nephrology Nurse Recognition Luncheon. During the program, Linda K Ball, the President, introduced me to the audience and asked me to stand to be acknowledged by the attendees. It was a great moment not only for me but a great recognition of our Association as well.”
Can you please tell us about the Collaboration between EDTNA/ERCA and ANNA
“Yes, with pleasure. A meeting had been set up to meet with Linda and the ANNA Past President Alice Hellebrand to discuss ANNA-EDTNA/ERCA collaboration. I presented the activities of the new EDTNA/ERCA Research Group and I proposed a closer collaboration, sharing research protocols and surveys. It was well received and the discussions will continue together with our EDTNA/ERCA President, Edita Noruišienė in Prague, during our 48th Conference, September 14th – 17th when Alice Hellebrand will be present at the 48th EDTNA/ERCA Conference in Prague as Guest Speaker," says Ilaria.
You and Ilaria represented EDTNA/ERCA at the ANNA Conference, what was your impression of this years Conference?
“As you know, this is not the first time for me. Last year I submitted an abstract accepted as a Poster, but this year was different as I have been invited as guest speaker representing the EDTNA/ERCA.
The Conference was interesting, although not particularly innovative from the content point of view. The structure of ANNA Conference is quite different from EDTNA/ERCA. Contrary to us that have 4 or 5 speakers per session, ANNA has the so called “concurrent sessions” (5 at the same time) with 75 minutes assigned per speaker.
In this way, the speaker can develop the topic in depth with a didactical approach. There are pros and cons to this structure, however there have been occasions at the EDTNA/ERCA where I would have liked more time for the presentation of my topic”.
One part of the Collaboration Agreement between EDTNA/ERCA and ANNA is to hold joint sessions at the Conferences. Please let us know about this years joint session.
“It was about Vascular Access from an International Perspective”, says Maria Teresa.
Maria Teresa continues, “Nephrology nurse experts from the United States and Europe discussed vascular access in their respective countries with the goal of learning from each other and identifying best practices.
"I think this was the most innovative part of the programme, a very dynamic presentation”.