D Pittard MS, RN
Joanne D Pittard MS, RN;
Professor Emerita of Allied Health began here career in hemodialysis in 1971.
is a consultant for Hemodialysis, Inc. and is the Associate Director of the
Hemodialysis, Inc. training program for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed
Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Patient Care Technicians (PCTs).
Pittard taught at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California from 1975
to 2006. During her tenure, Ms. Pittard served as the hemodialysis program
director, while teaching didactic and clinical nursing. This hemodialysis
program was the only college-level hemodialysis course in California and held
the distinction of being the oldest and most well regarded college-level
registered nurse and patient care technician dialysis education program in the
United States. California legislation in 1984 used her hemodialysis
nursing course syllabus as the model when standardizing the states training and
education program requirements for Patient Care Technician (PCT) education and
certification by the department of health services (DHS).
1992, at specific request from the publisher and members of the ESRD community,
her outlined manual, was made available to ESRD educators by mail. The response
was and remains remarkable. That response and the letters asking for more
detailed information about dialytic nursing care led to Joanne’s first
monograph, "Principles of Dialysis," printed in March 1998. Our
advertising consisted of just one direct mailing to RNs in November 1998. Orders
for her monographs continue to this time as RNs and PCTs refer their friends to
this new source of nursing information.