Welcome to the Windy City Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA). We are your local ANNA chapter, centered around the Chicago Metropolitan area. Our members are generally from northern Illinois (zipcodes with 1st 3-digits: 600-608, 610 & 611) and as of January 2014, we also welcome members from the Duneland Chapter, IN-338 (zipcodes with 1st 3-digits: 463-466, 479 & 609).
The ANNA serves its members through a national structure of nearly 100 local chapters. Chapters serve as the foundation of the ANNA, making Association services locally available to members. By joining one of the ANNA's expanding networks of chapters, members can promote their professional growth, advance nephrology nursing practice, and positively influence patient outcomes.
Chapters offer ANNA members the opportunity to assume leadership roles at the local level. The ANNA supports chapter leaders in their leadership development by hosting the annual Volunteer Leaders Workshop and many online resources available in the Chapter Officers Only section, on the ANNA website (annanurse.org).
Go to our Events page for a listing of upcoming local and national nephrology related events. Chapter members will also be notified through ANNA Connected e-mail, of any chapter event, so please be sure that the ANNA National Office has your correct and current e-mail address. The Windy City Chapter tries to sponsor 2 events/programs per year.
Be sure to read this quarter's ACST Newletter (scroll further down this page) highlighting activities from the last Volunteer Leaders Workshop 2015 (VLW15) and look forward to next years VLW16; make plans to celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week this September and get the latest Health Policy Updates from the June Health Policy Workshop.
Summer - 2015
Save the Date!! The Windy City Chapter will be hosting a summer "Nephrology Nursing: Back to Basics" review program. The date will be Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Go to the Events page for all of the details (location, costs, contact hours) and to print out the registration/flyer form to mail in to our chapter secretary by the deadline date of July 14, 2015. This is just in time to apply for the Fall nephrology certification exam (paper & pencil version) offered in Chicago (see Events page for details).
Chapter members will also be notified through ANNA Connected once any chapter event is confirmed and finalized, so please be sure that your e-mail address is current through the ANNA's National website.
Our chapter is still working on hosting a Fall Dinner/Educational program to be held around Nephrology Nurses Week in September, that will offer contact hours. Details of this program will also be on our Events page, once finalized and members will be notified through ANNA Connected.
ANNA Quarterly Spotlight Newsletter.
Local ANNA chapters are no longer organized by regions (since 2014). Instead, chapters are now grouped together in an ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST). The Windy City Chapter belongs to ACST Group 3 (as of April 2015). Click on the following link to read the latest quarterly ACST Spotlight newsletter.
ACST Spotlight Newsletter (July 2015)
Our "Accolades" page, to highlight chapter member's accomplishments, is up and running! See what your fellow chapter members have been doing and then click on "Contact Us" and let us know what you've accomplished!
Questions? Suggestions? News of your own to report? Take a chance to get more involved with a bunch of fun loving nephrology nurses! Click on the "Contact Us" page and let us know what we can do for you or what you can do for us. A chapter is only as informative and as fun as it's most active members. Get involved! Contact us!
Please do check the website for updates (at least every other month), and please do keep your e-mail addresses current with the ANNA National Ofiices as we use the ANNA Connected and this website as our primary means of communication.