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).
We are actively planning for our chapter's annual Back to Basics: Nephrology Review Program (review course for nephrology certification exams) for late July or early August. We also hope to sponser a dinner/educational program in September. Watch this website for details as these programs become confirmed. Members will also be notified through ANNA Connected e-mails, so please be sure that the ANNA National Office has your correct and current e-mail address.
The Search for New Chapter Officers
The search for new chapter officers never ends. If you have ever considered becoming an officer, please consider this the year to form a mentor relationship with the officer of your choice.
Do you like to coordinate events and plan budgets. Then you are a natural to become our chapter Treasurer.
Or maybe you have a secret craving to become a writer. Becoming our chapter Secretary is a great way to hone those writing skills locally, plus you will have exposure to a national audience.
Want to get involved in politics, yet don't want the hassle of running your own campaign? Consider becoming our next chapter Health Policy Representative. Get involved in the legislative process, have a chance to meet local, state and national legislators as you assist in shaping the law of the land!
Whatever office that you are interested in, you will never be alone. There is tremendous support from the ANNA National Offices, plus our current and immediate past officers are readily available to provide support, guidance and continuity. You are NEVER alone in the ANNA!
What an opportunity to get involved in YOUR professional organization and to build your personal resume! If you have any interest in becoming a chapter officer, please contact Gary Reschak, chapter Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click on "Officer" to go to our officer page and contact the current holder of the position that your are interesed in directly, for your questions, concerns and support.
It is never too early to consider becoming a chapter officer! Make a comittment now before any deadline passes you by! Contact me - Gary Reschak for more information.
The Regional Health Policy Advocacy (RHPA) Award.
Initiated in 2009, the RHPA Award will recognize one chapter in each region for it's contributions to health policy advocacy. Every member can easily participate in winning this award and help in shaping the national healthcare debate. RHPA points will be earned by meeting any of 31 criteria through out the 2014 year. Many are individual member actions that are as simple as using ANNA's Cap Wiz or being a concurrent member of the Illinois Nurses Association, to coordinating a facility tour for a local legislator. But our chapter Health Policy Representative, Debra Kaiser must know what you have done. Click on our "Health Policy" page for a list of the RHPA Award Criteria and please keep Debra Kaiser informed of everything that you've done, since January 1, 2014 that meets any of the criteria listed.
ANNA Quarterly Chapter's Newsletter.
With the recent change in the ANNA's governance structure, local ANNA chapters are no longer organized by regions. Instead, chapters will now be grouped together in an ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST). The Windy City Chapter belongs to ACST Group 5. This quarter's ACST newsletter starts off our new ANNA year and starts to think about virtual chapters.
ACST Spotlight Newsletter (April 2014)
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.