The Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians has created an honor in the name of Carol Mattix, a home dialysis training nurse of the last century who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of kidney patients. The 2020 recipient is Teri Jo Kinnison, RN, BS, CNN.
Teri Jo Kinnison, RN, BS, CNN has always liked the more technical types of nursing. Following graduation from nursing school she worked in ICU, eager to learn how the combination of technology and physiology can be used to care for complicated patients. In 1981 she took on the challenge of learning hemodialysis and the complicated care of ESRD patients.
She has filled many roles during her dialysis career of 38 years, ranging from in-center nurse, Clinical Specialist on management teams, and Quality Assurance Director. Over time Teri Jo found she missed direct patient care and accepted an offer of patient care in an acute setting. She also enjoys working with new dialysis nurses to help them learn to care for patients, not just run machines. For the past three years she has worked in Home Hemodialysis helping patients learn to manage their own treatments.
Teri Jo is grateful to have had many nurse, physician and manager mentors willing to provide guidance and share their knowledge to help advance the improved care of our patients. She is especially grateful for the on-going support of her husband, David Vogt, who has dealt with many delayed evening plans while waiting for Teri Jo to finish that one last thing for a patient.
Past Carol Mattix Award Recipients:
2019 - Anne Diroll, RN, CNN