DaVita Kidney Care has marked Nephrology Nurses Week by announcing the appointment of Tina Livaudais as its chief nursing officer (CNO). Livaudais most recently served as vice president of clinical services for the National Hospital Services Group, overseeing more than 4,600 DaVita colleagues.
“Tina is a visionary nurse leader with an unmatched passion for patient care, drive for clinical excellence, and dedication to her teammates and the communities she serves,” said Javier Rodriguez, CEO of DaVita. “Tina is the ideal leader to oversee our nurses and other frontline caregivers, and support DaVita’s mission to be the provider and employer of choice.”
Livaudais began her career with DaVita in 1995 as a patient care technician (PCT) while a student in nursing school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA. After graduating, she accepted a role as a nephrology nurse and has served in a variety of patient-facing and leadership roles.
In more than two decades with DaVita, Livaudais has served as the national clinical and nursing lead for approximately 900 hospital programmes, aided in accelerating the growth of DaVita’s home dialysis programme, and focused on clinical strategy and operations across several business units, according to a company press release. In 2017, she was recognised by DaVita for her empathetic leadership style and ability to successfully lead teams at all levels.
As CNO, Livaudais aims to foster an environment that promotes clinical excellence and professional growth for DaVita’s frontline teammates.
“Reflecting on my 26 years with DaVita, I am grateful for each opportunity afforded to me that nurtured my passion for nephrology nursing and patient care,” she said. “I am inspired by our nurses and PCTs each day, and humbled by the opportunity to pass along those same opportunities as I lead the next generation of DaVita caregivers in their own journey.”
Livaudais resides in New Orleans, USA with her husband and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach and tackling do-it-yourself projects around the house.