DaVita Stories

We’re Celebrating Our 18,000 Nurses This Week

It’s Nephrology Nurses Week and teammates at DaVita are sending a collective shout out to our 18,000 nurses. Nephrology Nurses Week was designed by the American Nephrology Nurses Association as a way to honor nurses who care for patients with kidney disease.

At DaVita, our nurses play a key role in diagnosing, assessing, educating and treating our 194,600 patients, and we could not provide quality care without them. Our nurses give tirelessly of themselves to help our patients through providing them education, care and compassion. 

Although Nephrology Nurses Week only happens one a year, we have a monthly tradition of celebrating our nurses by highlighting one of their stories in our nursing newsletter. We call the feature “Someone You Should Know.” This past month’s feature was written by DaVita nurse Erin McComas.

Caring for the chronically ill isn’t for everyone, which is why there’s historically been a shortage of nurses to take care of dialysis patients. But Erin was not only up to the challenge, she felt it was her calling. Read on to learn why she chose this path and remember to thank a nephrology nurse this week for everything they do.

Someone You Should Know: Erin McComas, RN

One of the most popular questions I was asked throughout nursing school was, “What made you want to become a nurse?” I had an easy answer to this question: It runs in my family. My mother is an intensive care unit nurse and my sister is a progressive care unit nurse. I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

Originally, I didn’t exactly have a plan for where I wanted to work after I graduated. I was fortunate enough to have a classmate that worked for DaVita and I decided to do my preceptorship with a dialysis nurse in acute care. I was able to experience first-hand the passion DaVita nurses have for their patients and their love of the DaVita culture.

After that experience I knew I wanted to become a DaVita dialysis nurse. Two months before I graduated, I finally found my path in the nursing field. Fast forward a couple more months to now: I have graduated nursing school, passed my National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses and now work for the special place that helped me choose dialysis—DaVita. Working as a graduate nurse certainly is challenging.

Not only am I new to the world of dialysis, but I’m new to the world of nursing. Luckily, I’m not on this journey alone. I have amazing teammates and the positive impact we have on our patients’ lives makes every challenge worth it. I’m beyond excited to see where my path leads me with DaVita and what the future holds.

Mandy Hale

Mandy Hale

Amanda “Mandy” Hale, RN, is vice president of nursing and leads nursing strategy at DaVita Kidney Care. Mandy holds an associate’s in nursing degree from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois, and a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Additionally, she earned her MBA from Lewis University. She is currently obtaining her doctorate of nursing practice degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and participating in athletic events such as marathon running and triathlons. Mandy resides in Northern Illinois with her husband Brad, their two children, Parker 15 and Payton 12, and their three dogs, Duke, Pixie and Skipper.