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Renee Hill BSN, RN, CNN
Orlando VA Medical Center
Orlando, FL
ANNA Sunshine Central Chapter #272

 

How long have you been in nursing? 

I have been a nurse since 1982; 35 years in January 2017. My how time flies!

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been active in nephrology nursing since 1989 when I saw a dialysis center across the street from my then current job as an allergy nurse. My curiosity was stimulated to know more about dialysis. I would have to say that becoming a nephrology nurse may have been for selfish reasons in the beginning. I wanted better work hours for my family, but I also wanted to learn a new nursing skill.

Why do you love nephrology?  

When I started in in nephrology nursing, I had no idea that I would develop a LOVE for this type of nursing. I was just searching for a career that would fit my family. Nephrology nursing allowed me to get to really know my patients so that I could adapt my teaching methods to the patient’s needs and knowledge, therefore improving compliance with medications, treatment appointments, and completing entire treatments.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit and/or what do you love about being a member of ANNA?

My favorite ANNA member benefits are receiving the ANNA Update newsletters and the free CNE opportunities. I enjoy being able to see what other chapters are doing and being able to increase my knowledge while receiving CNEs that keep me current in nephrology nursing. What I love about being an ANNA member is the opportunity to attend ANNA conferences (fall conferences and National Symposia) in the most fascinating places over the years and meeting the most interesting people. The venues allowed me to gain new information about current trends in dialysis, interface with chapter members, reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones. The best part was that you come back to your chapter excited and rejuvenated about what you learned at these conferences.

Do you have a favorite patient story that reminds you why it's all worth it?

I have often said that dialysis patients become “like family.” But we must remember that our patients are “not family” and we must be aware not to cross that thin line. As a nurse, you continue to respect and treat each patient in a professional manner. If you have been a nephrology nurse for as long as I have, you become closer to some than others and often get invited to spend time with their families during milestone events, such as birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, wedding celebrations, etc. I remember being invited to a patient’s 50th wedding anniversary celebrated on a riverboat cruise with their family and friends. During these events, you realize how much of an impact you have made, but more importantly that you are the lucky one to have been touched by these phenomenal people (patients) who have made such an impact on your life by allowing you to get to know them and to have them be a part of your life.

What are your favorite hobbies and/or pastimes outside of nursing?

I enjoy spending time traveling, which includes exploring the United States. I have been fortunate to travel out of the country to places such as Paris, London, Ghana, Nigeria, St. Maarten, and the Dominican Republic. I am hoping to be able to visit Alaska in the near future. I love taking pictures of the places that I have visited. Last, but not least, I love Halloween and dressing up for patients, playing bingo with them on this day, and giving away prizes to the winners. Patients and staff alike seemed to enjoy this activity!

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