Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
Ashleigh Brilliant, author & cartoonist
Everything that Dialysis Training Institute is today started with an idea. An idea with very personal roots.
Gregory Falconer and Cheryl Anderson were a young couple like many others, happy, full of promise, and they were headed for marriage. But, in 1974 Greg developed a severe strep infection that left his kidneys permanently damaged, and dependent on life sustaining hemodialysis treatments. They married in the summer of 1975, and Cheryl became his home-dialysis partner, so you could say it was kind of an accident that this personal experience helped steer her way into a nephrology nursing specialty. She believes everything happens for a reason and looks back on that time in her life as a blessing.
Cheryl completed her nurses training in 1983, and found her first position as a registered nurse in dialysis. That has remained her focus ever since.
In the years that followed, she worked as registered nurse hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, acute dialysis and nephrology practices, as well as in business and marketing, collecting her degrees, professional training and experience along the way.
In 1999, as an Administrator, Cheryl found herself routinely frustrated by the difficulties in finding and hiring, well-trained hemodialysis nurses and technicians. The standard on-the-job trained new hire routinely had to be completely retrained after hiring. It was a long, costly process and the idea of starting a school came to be.
As the idea took root, it grew and matured into a partnership of two dialysis nurses and one certified hemodialysis technician and a mission to provide students with complete, high-quality, patient centered education in hemodialysis.
In April of 2001 the Dialysis Training Institute (DTI) received approval from the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education, now the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). The Basic Hemodialysis Training Program at DTI graduated its first class that same year, and has grown steadily since. To date DTI has trained over 1000 dialysis trained nurses and hemodialysis technicians who work in out patient dialysis centers throughout southern California.
Cheryl now serves as the Executive Director, and together with a dynamic and capable staff produce over 100 graduates each year since 2009. In 2014, DTI received a second ABHES accreditation for the Advanced Nephrology Nursing Program.
Dialysis Training Institute. A good idea born of family circumstances, and brought to fruition by people who work hard, care a lot, and make a difference.
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen”.
John Steinbeck, author
Responsive, capable care of the patient is at the center of everything taught at DTI. Always has been and always will be.
The staff at DTI are always seeking students who are drawn to healthcare — and especially to hemodialysis — because they are interested in helping to care for others. The best medical professionals, they have found, are the people who enter the field for these reasons, rather than pursuing the career path primarily for financial or professional gain. Perhaps coincidentally, many of the students who have passed through the program share the DTI personal connection to hemodialysis, which makes DTI even that much more of a great big professional family.
But, ideas being what they are, they always seem to give birth to and make room for more ideas, and much is planned for the coming years at DTI. The need for qualified healthcare professionals is only likely to increase in the future, and DTI has plans to be there, better than ever, with broader training options. Join us, follow us, and watch us grow.
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