ANNA Member Spotlight

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Caprice Vanderkolk, MS, RN, BC-NE

Nurse Manager
University of Minnesota Hospital 
Minneapolis, MN
ANNA Greater Minnesota Chapter #316


How long have you been in nursing? 

35 years

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have worked in nephrology for the past 23 years, in a management position throughout.

Why do you love nephrology?  

I LOVE working with the complexities dialysis patients face, working through psychosocial issues and medical issues with each patient. I also enjoy watching nurses grow in the profession from novice to expert.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

I learn a great deal from the Specialty Practice Networks and everyone sharing their experiences and expertise through the ANNA Connected Open Forum. I also find the conferences full of learning and networking.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

I have so many fun and meaningful memories, but my favorite story comes from an adult unit where a patient started – and, as usual, did not want to start and thought about not starting. Within months of starting dialysis, he watched other patients come off early, come late, and deal with other issues, but he started to talk to these patients. He started coaching, mentoring, and pushing these patients to look at life as a potential instead of a death sentence. Patients started talking to him about their issues and concerns. With his support, kindness, and at times, tough love, many other patients worked through issues and changed their outlook on life and dialysis treatments. He made such a difference in so many lives. I wonder if he ever really understood how many lives he affected in such a meaningful way.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

I hike, enjoy anything to do with water, and I spin wool, weave, and knit.

What’s an interesting fact about you?

I was working in ICU and intermediate care unit and was sure I would hate dialysis. I was asked to start a couple dialysis units because we had the acute dialysis unit. I said I would and would stay until they found another director and that was 17 years ago. I love dialysis!