ANNA Member Spotlight

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Pamela DePiola, DNP, ANP-BC, CNN
Administrator
Physicians Dialysis North Beach
Pembroke Pines, FL
ANNA South Florida Flamingo Chapter #206

 

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been in nursing for 36 years. I graduated with an associate degree 1982, then received a bachelor’s degree in 2006, a master’s degree in 2008, and Doctor of Nurse Practice in 2012.

How long have you been in nephrology?

I started my career in nephrology 32 years ago. My college roommate told me about a facility that would train RNs for dialysis, and I was hooked.

Why do you love nephrology?  

I love nephrology because we are able to help people and their families in a profound way. Patients with end-stage renal disease who require dialysis support present with very complex comorbidities to be managed, and incredible bonds are often formed between patients and care providers. We really make a positive difference in our patient’s lives on a very personal level. This population becomes more like your family, and I find this very rewarding.

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

I enjoy the many ANNA member benefits available because I am able to keep abreast of the most current medical advances and research technologies. This organization offers great opportunities to network and stay connected to my cohorts around the country. The meetings and conferences grant me the ability to gain insight from my peers within all types of communities on how they are dealing with the day-to-day practices in their facilities. I have formed numerous long-lasting friendships and mentorships.

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

Several stories that come to mind, but one of the most recent is about an elderly couple (Mr. and Mrs. B). Mrs. B is providing total care for Mr. B. Mr. B. recently experienced a stroke and is in rehabilitation. He is weak, morbidly obese, transported by stretcher to the unit, and has some mild memory problems. Mrs. B comes to the unit with him for every treatment. When talking with her about his pending appointments, she had questions and was overwhelmed to the point of tears about labs and several diagnostic studies that needed to be done. With one phone call, we were able to clear the misunderstanding and fax lab and test results to the surgeon’s office. Mrs. B did not understand they had already been done and thought she had to schedule all of the appointments herself. Mrs. B was so relieved and could not thank me enough!

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

I enjoy cooking, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I have been a certified scuba diver since 1988.

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