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Linda Walck, BSN, RN, CNN

Regional Administrator
Dialyze Direct
Neptune, NJ
Garden State Chapter #125

How long have you been in nephrology nursing?

This year I am celebrating 30 years as a nephrology nurse and completing my BSN! I graduated from a hospital-based diploma nursing program in 1988. I started out in an acute care hemodialysis unit where I learned how to perform dialysis and developed critical thinking skills. The experience that is gained in an acute hemodialysis setting is invaluable, and I believe that it helped me to become a stronger nurse with experience to manage medical emergencies and complications. I moved on to the chronic setting where I could do my best work, not only in providing treatments, but also by getting to know my patients as individuals and making them feel listened to. The chronic setting allows time to really get to know the patients we care for and build trust. I have always enjoyed educating patients and their families.

Why do you love nephrology?  

It is a joy to see a patient make improvements based on their self-management and working toward their personal goals. I had the opportunity last year to assist in training a patient and his care partner to complete home hemodialysis. It was rewarding to see him evolve from a totally dependent incenter dialysis patient to an independent care participant, setting up his equipment, monitoring his treatments, and performing self-cannulation. He was even able to travel on multiple occasions. Home therapies can change a patient’s life when they find hope for a future without the burden of the incenter dialysis routine.

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

I have been a member of ANNA for many years. I became certified in nephrology nursing in 1994. I am active in my local chapter, having served in the roles of secretary, treasurer, and president of the Garden State Chapter. In the upcoming term, I will be serving as the health policy representative. Our chapter plans two all-day educational conferences every year and also provides a certification review course, CE on Wheels programs, and other dinner events. Some of the many benefits of being a member of ANNA that I have enjoyed over the years are the educational offerings that are available online, the Nephrology Nursing Journal, attending the annual conference, and the ability to network with other nephrology professionals. I would encourage others to get involved and see how they can change the future of nursing.