Mary Vang has been caring for community members at Winona Health for eight years, most recently as a registered nurse in dialysis. Now, after earning her Master of Science in nursing, she’ll be part of Winona Health’s Kidney Care Team.

“The best part of my work is caring for my patients. Dialysis is unique in that it’s an outpatient service, but you see your patients for several hours three times a week,” noted Vang. “We really get to know our patients and their families, and they really get to know us. As a nurse practitioner, I’m looking forward to helping more patients manage their kidney disease and possibly prevent it from progressing to the stage that requires dialysis.”

Kidney Care at Winona Health includes both the dialysis department and the nephrology clinic and is supported by an interdisciplinary team that includes a registered nurse, social worker, dietitian, nurse practitioner and a nephrologist (kidney specialist). They work together to support community members in need of care coordination services and medical management of chronic kidney disease.

“I feel fortunate that I already know my team,” Vang said. “I have amazing coworkers who are caring and compassionate and provide the best care for our dialysis and kidney care patients.”

Vang earned her licensed practical nurse and her associate degree in nursing at Minnesota State College Southeast and her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Winona State University and, now, her Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Walden University, based in Minneapolis. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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