ANNA Member Spotlight

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Charles Coe, II, MSN, RN, CNN
Director of Nephrology and Dialysis
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Union, KY

 

How long have you been in nursing? 

32 years

How long have you been in nephrology?

20 years

Why do you love nephrology?  

I love the complexity of nephrology. While many people feel it is very similar work, I see it being vastly complex and challenging. Additionally, I enjoy the holistic care that we can provide our patient population.

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

My favorite ANNA benefit is the Open Forum within ANNA Connected. This provides an excellent way to be in touch with the practice community and to solicit feedback on practice. To me, this helps elevate professional practice in the nephrology community.

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

My favorite patient story is about a mother and son who were both on dialysis in the early 1990s in a clinic where I was Director of Nursing. These two were great people who had problems with polycystic kidneys. The mother had done everything possible for her son, but he developed renal failure when he was 25. They requested to come to dialysis together and used the time to work with our team to help impact others. They wanted to help educate others on renal failure and the treatment options. They helped our social worker develop a support group and were well known in the community for their work. The two were so appreciative of all the care our nurses delivered and the training they provided. They encouraged one another during their down times and supported all the patients on their shift. The mother was on dialysis a total of 31 years when she passed away. Her son received a kidney transplant 2 years prior to his mother’s death, but he continued to come, at least weekly, to support and visit his mother in dialysis. Their spirit has always driven me to be the best I can be in caring for all patients.

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

I enjoy photography, particularly taking landscape and nature pictures. Additionally, I enjoy watching movies in the theater and music.

What’s an interesting fact about you?

My wife and I were foster parents for 10 years. We cared for 32 children during this time, most of whom were medically complex. We were so fortunate to be able to adopt a sibling group (two boys) as our last placement. It was GREAT, and they have taught us so much.


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