A Conversation with a Nurse


Mary Houglum is the type of nurse that every dialysis patient would love to have. Her compassion and desire to be a nurse came from a night nurse she had in the hospital when she was 8 years old. This program will let you hear how she takes the time to listen to her patients to answer questions, resolve issues and explain treatments. Mary tells Lori and Stephen that it is important for the patient to be open and honest with their nurses.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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