ANNA Member Spotlight

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Rhonda Duggan, BSN, RN, CCTC

Senior Clinical Innovation Manager-Peritoneal Dialysis
Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group
Harrisburg, NC
Greater Charlotte Chapter #202

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been a nurse for 23 years.

How long have you been in nephrology?

All 23 years of my nursing career have been in nephrology.

Why do you love nephrology?  

I have a strong passion for nephrology because I know that I have the ability to make a difference and positively impact the life of a patient and their family during a time when they have just been diagnosed with kidney disease, are deciding on a treatment modality, need help getting through their first dialysis treatment, are hoping to donate a kidney to a loved one, or are making that difficult choice to stop treatment.

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

ANNA provides many different resources for education, networking, leadership development, scholarships, and friendships that last a lifetime.

Do you have a favorite patient story that reminds you why it's all worth it?

One of my most memorable moments was helping a local baseball coach start his journey to be able to donate a kidney for one of his players through a kidney paired exchange. Coach Z did not want to disappoint the young man in case he was not a match or was found to be unable to donate so his identification was not disclosed until the day prior to the transplant. Being the person to share the good news with both the donor and the recipient that a match had been found and then revealing the identity of this living donor was a moment I will never forget.

Another memorable moment during this paired exchange was spending hours in the operating room with four of the six patients involved. I always find it breathtaking to watch as the donor kidney is recovered and then implanted in the recipient and to see it immediately start working.

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

When not working, I spend most of my time on the soccer field with my children, Carson (18) and Ally Claire (13), as well as traveling as much as possible. I am also in the home stretch of completing my master’s degree as a nurse educator.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

A fun fact is that I was a college cheerleader.