Living with a chronic health problem like kidney disease can be difficult, but learning how to manage your condition and treatments can make it possible for you to live a long and healthy life. Paulette Tuggle, clinical manager at WellBound of Houston, helps her patients learn how to manage their disease and dialysis treatments to ensure they get the most out of their days.
What degree program did you study?
“I studied nursing through an associate’s program in Houston, obtained my license as a registered nurse and then my certification in nephrology nursing after coming to work for WellBound of Houston.”
What does your current job entail?
“I am employed as a clinical manager of a home therapies dialysis program. We teach patients that require renal replacement therapy (dialysis) how to perform their dialysis at home. The nature of our job allows us to work one-on-one with our patients. We use our skills to help patients become independent in the dialysis world where many people in their position are tied to an in-center unit three times per week. Home dialysis therapy allows a person more freedom to enjoy the normal routines of life while still performing their life-sustaining treatments at home.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Obtaining a degree in nursing gives you a general knowledge of the medical field and your role as a nurse in that field. You are allowed to participate in many health care areas, but your education only gives you a glimpse of each. Once you are accepted into a position, you are able to sharpen your skills in the area in which you are practicing and consider if that area of nursing is a fit for you.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“Complete your nursing degree and get out there in the community! Work in your local county hospital in an emergency room or critical care unit for at least six months. You will gain a vast amount of knowledge about yourself, your skills and what thrills your soul about the field of nursing.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.