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Xinliu Meyer, RN, ANP BC, CNN

Wisconsin Dialysis, Inc.
Madison, WI
Badger Chapter #326

How long have you been in nursing? 

33 years

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been in nephrology nursing for 29 years in both inpatient and outpatient units.

Why do you love nephrology?  

I particularly love outpatient nephrology nursing because, over the years, it provides opportunities to build long-term relationships and trust with patients. We see some patients more than they see their own family members. We become their extended family.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

I am proud to be a member of a professional organization. My favorite member benefit is having access to previously published articles from the Nephrology Nursing Journal through the ANNA website. This is a tremendous benefit for me as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the dialysis unit.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

Dialysis is a family affair for me. I met my husband in the dialysis unit, and we worked together for many years until his retirement. Since I have a unique first name, Xinliu, one of my patients always had trouble pronouncing it. So, she started to address me as “Dave’s wife.” It is the same patient who had a grand mal seizure during dialysis. Guess what was the first thing she said after she came out of the seizure? She looked up at me and asked, “How are the kids?" It just brought tears to my eyes. I was so concerned about her. Instead, she asked about my kids. This is the type of long-term relationship I treasure so much from working with our dialysis patients.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

I love to indulge myself with yoga and running. Yoga keeps me grounded. Running gives me energy. It is a good balance, and it serves me very well.

What’s an interesting fact about you?

I am from Beijing, China. English is my second language. Although I have spent more than half my life in the United States and I have no trouble communicating, I still have a hard time getting jokes. So, here is the warning. If you tell a joke and I do not respond to it, it is not because you are not funny or you are not a good joke teller. It is because I am very slow to get the joke. You may have to do some explaining. So, my laugh will be a beat slower than others.