Job Position and Professional Responsibilities
I work as a Nephrology Nurse Manager/Educator for dialysis facilities in need of making improvements in their operations and/or care of dialysis patients to meet the regulatory requirement of the state and federal government. I also provide regulatory reviews of dialysis facilities upon request.
I have served ANNA over 25 years on the local, regional, and national levels. Chapter offices in the Gulf Coast Chapter (#204) included President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. In the Alamo City Chapter (#205) I have served as a conference planner. The Texas ANNA Collaborative meeting was started in 1996. For 10 years I was on the committee and served as Chair for at least 5 of those years. I have also been a member of several SPN groups, including Administration and Hemodialysis over the 25 years. I have also served on the Conferences Committee, the Leadership Committee, and the Awards and Scholarship Committee. I was Chair of the Awards and Scholarship committee in 2009-2012.
Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives
- Leading and empowering nurses through learning opportunities has been my delight since my early years as a nephrology nurse. The ANNA Texas Collaborative meeting is a yearly 2-day conference that was established in 1996. I have served on the planning committee for over 10 years and have chaired the committee at least 5 of those years. As chair, I established the first preconference workshop and a commercial credit card account for ease of registration for attendees.
- As the fortunate winner of the Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) this year I have launched a personal campaign to support the goals of ANNA through advocacy. After meeting with my Congressmen’s offices in Washington, I have kept in touch through email and have visited their offices in my home town. I also participated in the Virtual Lobby Day and sent letters to my representatives asking them to support the ESRD community and nursing. I have invited them to dialysis clinics in San Antonio and they have accepted. I plan to reach out to them monthly and visit them quarterly. My efforts are getting responses from all their offices.
- Promoting excellence in nephrology nursing is my passion in my day-to-day work. It allows me a chance to mold new nephrology nurses and to provide them a hands-on approach to “doing the right thing” for patients. My work allows me to improve patient outcomes and the satisfaction of nurses at the same time.