ANNA Member Spotlight

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Madeline McLoughlin, BSN, RN, CNN

Clinical Educator
Physicians Dialysis
Newton, NJ
Jersey North Chapter #126

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been a nurse for almost 40 years.

How long have you been in nephrology?

I began my career in nephrology nursing 35 years ago in a hospital unit. I gained experience with inpatient, outpatient, and home hemodialysis, and other acute therapies such as plasmapheresis and CRRT. Because there are always new developments, I am still learning!

Why do you love nephrology?

I was drawn to nephrology because it blends physiology, technology, and human relationships. Because of the complexity of kidney disease, there is so much to learn about how it affects all systems in the body. Not only do we perform life-sustaining treatments so that patients can live productive lives, we also are able to build relationships and grow professionally.

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

I love the camaraderie and the ability to network, especially via ANNA Connected. It’s a great way to share information and obtain answers to questions that arise in our daily practice.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

I have many memories of patient stories over the years, but one patient in particular stands out. Mr. Doe was in his mid-50s and often shared stories of his family with us. He also liked to joke around with the staff. One day our administrative assistant (AA) was changing the toner in the copy machine. The cartridge was faulty and ended up covering her and the entire office with black dust. Of course, the patients heard about the mishap and because no one was harmed, it caused a few chuckles. The next time Mr. Doe was scheduled for treatment, he left a package with a cleanroom suit (or bunny suit) on the AA’s desk – for the next time she had to change the toner!

Not long after this, during Mr. Doe’s treatment, he suddenly had a cardiac arrest. We were able to successfully perform CPR and use the AED to regain a pulse, but he remained unconscious on transport to the nearest emergency room. The entire staff and his nephrologist were very shocked and worried. His treatments were always stable, and he was compliant with his regimen. Fortunately, he was discharged within 1 week and returned to us for treatment with no residual effects. His son was getting married in a few months and he was so thankful that he was able to have this special day with his family – and share more stories with the staff.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

I enjoy sewing, reading, and the outdoors.

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