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How I Joined DaVita

October 18, 2013  | A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Healthcare Administrator
I know this is going to sound cliché and too good to be true, but here it goes anyway: I have always believed that everything happens for a reason and I believe DaVita and I were meant to come together.

In December 2012, I had been working as the director of a new department at a children’s hospital.  I was happy with my job and not planning on any career moves when the organization unexpectedly had a drastic change of plans and decided to put operationalizing my department on hold.  Being a nurse and having a variety of clinical and leadership experience under my belt has put me on the radar of a number of recruiters who contact me quite frequently.  Most of the opportunities they contact me about have not interested me because I was either not looking for a change at the time or they were definitely not a good fit for me.  However, as I said I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. The day that I knew the decision to change directions would be made; I was contacted by a DaVita recruiter, Cherisse.  She asked me if I might be interested in learning more about the many opportunities within DaVita and it just so happened that on that day particular day, I was.  I knew DaVita was a dialysis company, but did not know anything else.  Cherisse sent me information about the company and I began to learn more.

I have always had a special place in my heart for kidney care patients.  My father was a kidney transplant recipient over 30 years ago and spent time as a dialysis patient before and after his transplant.  He wouldn’t be alive today if he hadn’t received dialysis.  In my first weeks as a brand new nurse, one of my mentors told me to always treat every patient as if he/she were a family member or loved one.  I have always carried this with me.  Because of my father’s story, I always felt that I had a special connection with dialysis patients I cared for in my nine years working as a nurse.  I always found it a little easier to treat dialysis and kidney transplant as if they were a family member or loved one because once upon a time someone else did just that to my father.  I have been grateful for this care and kindness every day since.  Another thing I have always believed in is paying things forward and what better way to do that than to go and work for a dialysis company!    

My first job out of nursing school was for a wonderful hospital in New York.  It was a world-renowned cancer center.  I remember when I would tell people where I worked, they would always say to me, “Wow, isn’t that depressing?”  I was always perplexed by this question because I found my time there to be the complete opposite of depressing.  I had never been more inspired by the strength and resilience of my patients.  I also had never worked anywhere else where you knew that each and every person that worked there, regardless of how high up or far down they were in the organization, was completely committed to the patients and families we served.  Even more unbelievable was that everyone, including me, looked forward to going to work.  I absolutely loved my time there and had I not left New York for Los Angeles, I probably would have retired from that hospital.  I knew when I left that job that I was taking a risk in that I might never find another job that was as fulfilling or an organization that made me as happy.

As soon as I began to learn about DaVita’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Trilogy of Care: I thought that I had found what I have been looking for since I left New York eight years ago.  Just by learning about the Village concept and the belief that as DaVita teammates we were to care for each other as passionately as we care for our patients, I knew that DaVita really was a truly special place.  However, the cynical New Yorker in me wanted to know if this really was too good to be true.  As soon as I spoke with several DaVita recruiters and hiring managers via phone and email and had interactions that were very consistent with everything I had read about DaVita: I began to believe.  When I came in for my first interviews and interacted with DaVita teammates in person and saw how they interacted with one another, I knew it was real. 

As I said at the beginning, I believe everything happens for a reason and because of all of these things I knew that DaVita was the place for me.