Carol Pope, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CNN
Job Position and Professional Responsibilities
As a Nephrology Nurse Practitioner, I am responsible for management and education of the veteran with Stage 4 and 5 CKD, including preparing them and their family for dialysis, transplantation, or dying with dignity. I also coordinate VA kidney transplant work ups, co-manage the post-transplant patient.
My love of nephrology began in the early 1970s, when as a LPN I was introduced to dialysis. I joined ANNA some years later when I became an RN. After working with kidney patients in hemodialysis, PD, and transplantation for 2 decades, I chose to get my Master’s Degree and NP. During the last 26 years, I have served the local ANNA chapter as Treasurer, President-Elect, and President for several terms. Volunteering with ANNA has also included speaking to nurses and technicians at local conferences, being a spokesperson for kidney transplant programs in the VA at the local Kidney Network, and being a speaker for our chapter’s CNN and CDN review.
Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives
In an attempt to grow the local ANNA chapter, I visited as many of the dialysis units in the chapter as possible, handing out ANNA journals and providing them with an opportunity to become familiar with our organization. This day trip proved to be very rewarding – meeting and greeting new faces in nephrology and sharing our mission to include all nephrology nurses.
Our chapter’s winter project was supporting a women’s shelter, collecting personal items in time for the holidays.
I have spoken to new graduate RNs about the opportunities in nephrology nursing, the care of the renal patient in the hospital, and access care for both the hemodialysis and PD patient. I have met with the lab phlebotomists about saving veins in all patients with CKD.