Research has allowed our patient population to have access to drugs they would not have had the opportunity to get outside of a clinical trial.

I am the only certified nephrology research nurse in the state of West Virginia. I have been involved in nephrology research since June 2000, and have had the opportunity to see many new therapies get approved for patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as end stage kidney disease.  Many of those therapies are being used today in our clinics. 

West Virginia has one of the highest rates in the nation of chronic kidney disease, mostly due to diet, income, socioeconomic status, and the lack of nephrologists. Research has allowed our patient population to have access to drugs they would not have had the opportunity to get outside of a clinical trial. 

I enjoy learning about novel therapies, and how it can impact the lives of our patients.  Not only do I learn, I get to teach others about health care, and the patients love the individualized/specialized care they get.

Cheryl Dalton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRC
ACRP Member Since 2007