Caroline Counts Receives Award from the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)
Caroline Counts, MSN, RN, CNN, Research Coordinator in the MUSC Division of Nephrology, has received an award from the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) for Outstanding Contributions to ANNA. This award recognizes one nurse each year who has made outstanding contributions to ANNA's goals. As the award recipient, Ms. Counts received a lifetime membership to ANNA, an ANNA logo pin and a commemorative plaque.
Ms. Counts began nephrology nursing in 1970. She took the first Certified Nephrology Nurse exam when it was offered in 1987. Caroline joined the Nephrology Nursing Certification Board (NNC) in 1998 and continued when it became the Commission in 2000. She served as the Treasurer (1999 – 2000), was a Test Committee member, a Fundamental Nephrology Nursing Committee member, and was the CDN Test Committee Chair (2000 – 2002). She left NNCC in 2002 when she was elected to the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) position of President-elect. From 2004 to 2005, Caroline was ANNA’s liaison to the NNCC. Caroline returned to the NNCC as a Commissioner in 2005, served as Secretary 2007-2009, and is currently President-Elect and chairs the CNN and CDN Test Committees. Ms. Counts was also the Editor of Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing.
As a three-time graduate of the MUSC College of Nursing, Ms. Counts is dedicated to her patients and to the continuing education of the professionals around her. In 2004, the Palmetto Chapter of the ANNA established an MUSC College of Nursing Scholarship in Ms. Counts name. The scholarship is awarded to one advance nursing practice student in each year who positively influences outcomes for patients through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence