ANNA Member Spotlight

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Faith Lynch, MSN, RN

Acute Dialysis: Nurse Manager
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Mineola, NY
Long Island Chapter #122

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been in nursing since 2006. I started in nephrology as an LPN in a chronic outpatient dialysis unit, which I felt provided the basis and foundation to make me a better RN in the future. I became an RN in 2010 and stayed in dialysis/nephrology because it became a passion for me. I later became a nurse manager in the outpatient chronic setting and then moved to management in the inpatient acute setting.

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been in nephrology for almost 14 years.

Why do you love nephrology?

I love nephrology nursing because it is a specialty like no other. The relationships you form with your patients are so impactful. Patients become family to you after seeing them so many times during a week. Nephrology has sculpted my career over the last 14 years. I experience the best of both worlds by being a clinical nurse as well as a manager. I get to support my staff and empower them along with myself to make positive changes to facilitate the best patient outcomes for the dialysis/renal population.

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

My favorite benefit is ANNA Connected. I love how everyone from around the country interacts and communicates about ideas as well as issues they are encountering. Being in such a unique specialty, I think we all encounter similar problems – and ANNA Connected proves that. It is a platform for sharing ideas and difficult situations and a place where you can ask your peers for help.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

While working on the chronic unit, I had a patient who was in his 30s. He had been waiting for a kidney transplant for quite a few years. He received multiple calls for a transplant that never worked out, but finally the call came while he was being dialyzed. He did not have his cell phone with him at the time. The transplant nurse/coordinator called our unit and told me: “You can rinse him back and tell him it’s time to get to the hospital.” It was probably the best feeling in the world for me to be able to walk over and tell the patient, “We are rinsing you back because they found you a kidney. It’s time to call your wife because you have to go now.” To witness the process come full circle – and have the opportunity to share with the patient the best news of his life at the time – made all the ups and downs worth it.

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

Outside of nursing, I love spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband and three small children – a son who is 5 years old and a set of twins (boy/girl) who are 3 years old. Life is busy for us, but I would not change it!

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