ANNA Member Spotlight

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Teresa R. Villaran, MSN, CCRN, CNE

Staff Nurse
Fresenius Kidney Care
ANNA Bluegrass Chapter #322

How long have you been in nursing?

31 years

How long have you been in nephrology?

I worked in acute dialysis from 1989 to 1994. I recently returned to chronic dialysis in January 2017.

Why do you love nephrology?  

I enjoy the friendships you develop with patients. I was an ICU nurse from 1994 to 2016, and I missed the relationship-building between nurses and those we take care of. There is also a feeling of independence and practicing to the full extent of our education in the outpatient setting. Health care providers develop a respect for you and for your decision-making abilities.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

I really enjoy ANNA Connected. I enjoy the information sharing and the support nephrology nurses get from this online forum. I joined all of the Specialty Practice Networks (SPN), but really am interested in the Health Policy SPN. At this year’s National Symposium in Las Vegas, I will actually become the Publications Advisor for the Health Policy SPN. I am really looking forward to this opportunity.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

I like to travel. My husband and I have been to China, Japan, Europe, Morocco, South America, and more. I like to read for pleasure and just started yoga (after hurting my back).

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I tend to get certified in any field I enter. I had my CNN back when I worked in acute nursing, and plan to sit for the CNN again this year. I taught for 9 years at the baccalaureate level and would like to eventually work in staff development for nephrology.

Favorite Quote

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson