Job Position and Professional Responsibilities
National Vascular Access Specialist for Fresenius Medical Care. Design and develop Quality Improvement Initiatives, as well as clinical support materials focusing on improving staff and patient vascular access preservation skills. In addition, provide guidance, support, and train-the-trainer training to divisional quality and education teams.
I have been a local chapter secretary for ECO #330 and Greater Puget Sound #503. I was Western Regional Vice President from 2002-2006; national Nominations Chair for 2 years; chair and speaker for the ANNA Certification Review Course for 8 years; serve on the Editorial Board of the Nephrology Nursing Journal; and currently National Secretary.
Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives
Core Belief - Professional Growth. I solicited content experts for the National Certification Review Course (CRC) and, annually identify speakers, chair, and present the hemodialysis section for advancing professional development of the membership for the last 8 years. Now through Initiative #2, Full Tilt, leading the development of an online CRC.
Core Belief – Sound Educational Programs. I am a national speaker on vascular access and quality improvement, having presented at numerous national and international nephrology conferences, and local ANNA chapters throughout the United States. I research the literature and identify best practices, incorporating these into my presentations. I also have published numerous articles on cannulation for the Nephrology Nursing Journal (NNJ) and other peer-reviewed journals; received two Education Writing Awards (2006 & 2009); and serve on the NNJ Editorial Board.
Core Belief - Advancing Leadership. I served as chairperson for the Nominations Committee for 2 years. In that role, our committee promoted roles that were available to the membership; presented at Leadership; reviewed policies and procedures for running for offices; created the policies and procedures for first-time ever online voting for the association; and wrote articles regarding the committee’s successes in the ANNA Update.