Member Spotlight

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Sherri Lara, MSN, RN, CNN

Sherri Lara, MSN, RN, CNN

Mountain House, CA
San Francisco Bay Area #50

 

 

How long have you been a nurse?

I have been a nephrology nurse for 21 years.

What is unique about nephrology nursing?

I enjoy the different modalities and opportunities to teach patients and their families, often building “family like “connections when working in chronic hemodialysis units. Nephrology encompasses many different areas, and all are unique.

What do you value the most about your ANNA membership?

An ANNA membership is valuable. I appreciate the opportunities to network with others in my specialty and hope to bring additional value to the chapters by providing enhanced educational meetings.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

I don’t have just one patient story. My favorite patients are the ones I get to “initiate” on HD, educate them, and follow through with their hospitalization when transitioning to an outpatient center. I build a bond with my patients and work so hard for their success. I’m honored to care for my patients and their families. It is such an empowering feeling to know that they trust me with their care plan.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I have 65 pairs of Air Force 1 Jordans that I wear for work, I have the best shoe game at the organization.

What would you tell a newly practicing nurse about nephrology nursing?

To never stop learning. Things change throughout the modalities so always be prepared to educate patients and families about their options. I have seen too many patients get overlooked for home programs because it was never revisited after initial ESRD. Appreciate that circumstances change, healthcare evolves, and always think of what is best for your patients!