ANNA Member Spotlight

Welcome to ANNA's monthly member spotlight. This month's member in the spotlight is a Chapter Champion. Chapter Champions:

  • Have been an ANNA member for 1 year or more
  • Contribute to ANNA’s mission to improve members’ lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science
  • Serve as a liaison between the ANNA chapter and their community, workplace, colleagues, and clients  
  • Consistently participate in kidney health awareness activities in their local community

Deidre Parikh, BSN, RN, CNN

Home Therapies Nurse
Cedar Hill, TX
Dallas Chapter #208

Deidre was nominated as a Chapter Champion recognition by Laura Cato (Dallas Chapter)

Interview with Laura

What makes your nominee a Chapter Champion?

Deidre “Deede” is the Dallas Chapter’s star recruiter for new officers and board members, and she has served as chapter president for many years. When other chapter officers were unable to serve in their roles, Deede, without personal recognition or fanfare, stepped in to keep the chapter running. Whether it was getting items ready and completed for chapter re-charter, facilitating the chapter plan, or helping facilitate people with multiple personalities and temperaments to blend into a cohesive functional group, Deede was ready for the task! Getting that call from Deede during down times in our chapter that “we’ve got to keep this chapter going” has brought me back many times, even now as I am in retirement. Deede has served and/or mentored all chapter officer roles and has a vast knowledge of ANNA policies and procedures. She is a consistent leader who has and continues to serve as the “glue” that holds the Dallas Chapter together. I am so proud to have her as both a friend and professional colleague.

Interview with Deidre

What motivates you to give your time and energy to ANNA?

I want to offer members the opportunity to feel more connected with the nephrology community, challenge themselves for professional growth, and take their practice to the next level.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

I love the wealth of potential mentors in ANNA and the ease of staying current with nephrology research and best practice through ANNA resources and colleagues.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I knew I was going to be a nurse and could miter sheet corners by the age of 4.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Reading has been a lifetime pleasure. The movie in my head far exceeds anything a screenwriter produces these days. Like great classic films, I revisit my books from time to time. I love the feel of a book in my hand, but my Kindle has over 2,000 stored books at the touch of my finger.

What is your favorite chapter activity?

Attending ANNA educational events is like a power boost to get me through the low signal moments we all experience in our careers and increasingly complicated lives. I love networking with new members and reconnecting with fellow nurses from past events.

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