Editorial Board

Editorial Board


Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Pearland, TX

Beth Ulrich brings her editorial and writing expertise in nursing publications to the Nephrology Nursing Journal. Dr. Ulrich has extensive experience as a healthcare executive, educator, author, and researcher. She is a nationally recognized nursing leader who is known for her research on nursing work environments and the experiences of new graduate nurses as they transition into the workforce as well as for her leadership in developing the roles of nephrology nurses and improving the care of nephrology patients. Beth began her nephrology nursing career in 1972 and served ANNA as Secretary and Vice President for the Southeast Region and as President in 1984-85. She was recognized for her contributions to ANNA in 2009 when she was awarded “The Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award,” the association’s most prestigious award. Her book, Mastering Precepting: A Nurse's Handbook for Success, was named a 2012 AJN Book of the Year.

Associate Editor

Karen C. Robbins, MS, RN, CNN
Tucson, AZ

Karen Robbins has held a variety of clinically focused positions in nephrology nursing, both in dialysis and transplantation. Positions include Kidney Transplant Coordinator, Nurse Clinician in Transplantation, staff nurse in dialysis, and Nurse Educator in Dialysis and Transplantation. She has experience as a nephrology nurse consultant and legal nurse consultant. Karen has served ANNA as Northeast Vice President, Treasurer, President in 1997-98, and President of the Colonial Chapter of ANNA. She served as a Director for the Nephrology Nursing Certification Board (now NNCC). She was recognized for her contributions to ANNA in 2003 when she was awarded “The Outstanding Contribution to ANNA Award,” the association’s most prestigious award.


Editorial Board Members

Lynda K. Ball, MSN, RN, CNN
Department Editor: Vascular Access

Lynda Ball is the Quality Improvement Director for Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. - ESRD Network #13, Oklahoma City, OK, and ANNA Educator SPN Leader.

Deborah H. Brooks, MSN, ANP-BC, CNN-NP
Department Editor: Book & Media Reviews

Deborah Brooks is a Research Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has been a nephrology nurse since 1980 and has been active in ANNA in a number of capacities.

Jean Colaneri, ACNP-BC, CNN
Department Editor: Nephrology Nursing Roundtable

Jean Colaneri is a nurse practitioner at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, NY.

Paula Dutka, MSN, RN, CNN
Department Editor: Professional Issues

Paula Dutka is Director of Education/Research Nephrology Network at Winthrop-University Hospital, in Long Island, NY. Paula is a past president of the Long Island Chapter of ANNA, an ANNA item writer, and has served as a manuscript reviewer.

Norma Gomez, MSN, MBA, RN, CNNe

Norma Gomez is Safety and Infection Prevention Program Manager for Satellite Healthcare. She has served on the ANNA Board of Directors as ANNA President, National Treasurer, and National Secretary. She also is the editor of ANNA's Nephrology Nursing Certification Review Guide.

Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN
Department Editor: Exploring the Evidence

Tamara Kear is a professor and a nephrology nurse. In her professorship role at Villanova University, she teaches critical care and evidence-based practice content to senior nursing students. She holds a joint appointment with Main Line Health as a research consultant. She also is an acute dialysis nurse for Liberty Dialysis.

Editorial Board Statements of Disclosure

In accordance with ANCC-COA governing rules Nephrology Nursing Journal Editorial Board statements of disclosure are published with each CNE offering. The statements are published below.

  • Paula Dutka has disclosed that she is a consultant for Hoffman-La Roche and Coordinator of Clinical Trials for Roche.
  • Norma Gomez has disclosed that she is a member of the ZS Pharma Advisory Council.