Candidate for National President-Elect

Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN

Job Position and Professional Responsibilities

Associate Professor, Villanova University, Villanova, PA; Acute Dialysis Nurse, Fresenius Kidney Care; Research Consultant, Main Line Health

Delivering direct care to patients with kidney disease provides motivation and insight for my positions as an educator and researcher. I view my nursing positions as a single role providing informed, evidence-based, and compassionate patient care in a professional manner that may serve as a model for my students.

Role Qualifications

As a member of ANNA for over 2 decades, I have served on several national committees and been actively involved in my local chapter, the Keystone Chapter. I am currently serving my second year on the ANNA Board of Directors. I was a member of the Research Committee from 2011-2015 and was the Research Committee Chair from 2014-2015. I sit on the Nephrology Nursing Journal Editorial Board and am the editor for the Exploring the Evidence department in this journal. I have lobbied on Capitol Hill with ANNA on behalf of patients with chronic kidney disease. I also have served on ANNA's Education Committee and Distance Learning Committee. As a result of my published research, I have been invited to represent ANNA on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Foundation's Making Dialysis Safer Stakeholders Committee and the Renal Physicians Association's Safety Committee. I have worked with the CDC during ANNA national meeting sessions and on-site in Atlanta. These many committee, board, and chapter experiences have provided local and national networking opportunities within ANNA and within the nephrology community at large.

Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives

As a practicing nephrology nurse for 28 years, I am committed to representing ANNA members and moving ANNA forward in a time of healthcare change. Addressing the goals and expectations of ANNA members is one of my current focuses as I serve on the Board of Directors and will continue to be a future focus. In my Director position on the board, I have supported the Specialty Practice Networks (SPNs) and ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST) as the board liaison. I worked with ANNA board members to implement a focus group held at the 2017 National Symposium. This focus group queried members on the benefits and expectations of ANNA membership. In 2014, nearly 1,000 ANNA members responded to a culture of safety study conducted by my co-investigator and me. Nephrology nurses had much to share about safety issues in practice. Your voices were heard loud and clear. These findings have been shared widely to improve safety conditions for patients and nurses. I conducted a spin-off of this initial study looking at patient hand-off. Nephrology nurses again shared successes and challenges. My research investigates safety issues in nephrology nursing because I want to positively impact the lives of patients with kidney disease and the nurses caring for this population. ANNA has enriched me professionally, personally, and socially. I will continue to listen to ANNA members and strive to amplify the voices of nephrology nurses in the delivery of high quality, effective, and safe care to patients with CKD.

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