ANNA Member Spotlight

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Kimberly Larsen, RN, CDN

Home Therapy RN
Fresenius Medical Care
Coldwater, MI
Michigan Chapter #312

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been nursing since 1999 and have been working in nephrology since 2000. It is hard to believe it has been almost 20 years!

Why do you love nephrology?

I love nephrology nursing because it incorporates the best of acute and chronic care. Working in this specialty has made me a well-rounded nurse and has provided me the opportunity to continuing learning throughout my career.

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

One of the things I like best about being an ANNA member is being part of a large network of nurses with very diverse experiences. The opportunities to network, learn, and grow have been by far the greatest benefits of being a member. I love our conferences, both local and national. I love having the opportunity to meet fellow nephrology nurses and discuss the creative ways we solve the problems we face every day. I also love ANNA Connected. It's a great way to connect with the community when we cannot be together in person.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

I have so many "favorite" patient stories, but two stand out. The first patient I met early in my career, and we worked together for many months to try to get her phosphorous under control. I relocated before we had achieved her goal of having a phosphorous in target range. About a year after I relocated, this patient arrived at my new unit as a transient. She made the trip just to share her lab results with a phosphorous in target range. I have never been more honored to be part of a patient’s journey and was grateful for the opportunity to celebrate her success!

The second story involved a long-term patient with whom I had worked intermittently for several years. He started a patient-centered Renal Support Group in our area and was actively involved in working with clinic staff in my region to provide insight into dialysis from a patient perspective. Although I am sad to report he passed away last year, his legacy is going strong and his group continues to grow and support patients in our area emotionally, spiritually, and financially! He was truly one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, and I am blessed to have been a part of his journey.

What are your favorite hobbies and/or pastimes outside of nursing?

My favorite pastimes when I am not working are traveling and reading.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

One of the most interesting facts about me is that I never wanted to be a nurse and I hate needles. But here I am thriving in nephrology nursing and loving what I do every day!