ANNA Member Spotlight

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Yvette Ebersole Ronquillo, BSN, RN, CNN

Acute Inpatient Service Dialysis RN
Medical City Dallas
Dallas, TX
Dallas Chapter #208

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been an RN for 24 years. I am a foreign graduate and had to take the CGFNS examination to take the NCLEX. 

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been in nephrology for 19 years.

Why do you love nephrology?

Nephrology is complex, and dialysis is a specialty area. It is challenging and rewarding at the same time for me. I am blessed that I am able to connect with the complexity of care and management of patients with kidney injury. I love the opportunity to teach and advocate for my patients and their families, to hopefully help them cope and help improve their lives. I strive to make a difference each time I take care of my patients, especially in my current position where I take care of both adult and pediatric populations. My experience in medical-surgical/telemetry/progressive care helped make the transition to nephrology easier, especially working in the acute setting.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

My favorite ANNA member benefit is ANNA Connected. This is an opportunity to "shout out" or “dial friends” who are experts when you need them. I also like the opportunity to participate in the Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs), the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Workshop, and the opportunities for members to grow and work with ANNA leaders for development. I currently serve as the Pediatric SPN Publication Advisor.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

My favorite story involves dialyzing a pregnant patient who had a successful delivery. I helped educate the care team about best practices I researched in the literature when I found out that I would be performing dialysis on a pregnant patient. Education focused on important best practices, like average dialysis hours recommended per week, augmenting erythropoietin, and use of heparin bolus if needed, as it does not cross the placenta. One day I was taking care of a dialysis patient in the NICU when a woman next door started calling my name. I realized she was one of the OB dialysis patients I had cared for. She was thankful and wanted to show me her baby, who was doing well and was on the smallest bipap I have ever seen!

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

I am an ice hockey mom and a dance mom! I love planning and going for road trips with my family. During a vacation in Colorado Springs in 2017, I conquered the 2,744 steps of the Manitou Springs Incline. My friend Vivian and I did it in response to a challenge from our husbands that "there was no way we could do it,” especially since I am afraid of heights. That day, I proved to myself how powerful one's mind is and, with God’s grace, you can do just about anything with perseverance.

I also love trains. During the summer of 2018, my family enjoyed a voyage to the Grand Canyon National Park from Williams, AZ, via the Grand Canyon Railway.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I am related to Florence Ebersole Smith Finch. She was a Coast Guard SPAR decorated for combat operations during World War II. After Manila fell to the Japanese she was able to disguise her American connections using her Filipino background and was given a job by the Japanese. In this job, she was able to divert fuel supplies to the Phillipine Underground. She also contributed in acts of sabotage against the Japanese and smuggled food and medicine to the prisoners of the Japanese. She was caught, imprisoned, tortured, and was sentenced to 3 years of hard labor. She was liberated by American forces and moved to New York where she enlisted in the Coast Guard. She was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon (the first woman to receive this award) and the Medal of Honor. She died on December 8, 2016, after living to be 101 years old. Her story is told in a new book titled The Indomitable Florence Finch: The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter and Savior of American POWs (Mrazek, 2020).