Sharon Tugwell, ARNP, retires from UW Nephrology
Sharon Tugwell will begin her well deserved retirement on Monday, March 15, 2021. Sharon has dedicated a large part of her professional life in providing care to, and improving the lives of, patients with kidney diseases.
Sharon joined the University of Washington Medical Center as a Registered Nurse in 1981. Over time, her responsibilities expanded to include providing dialysis for hospitalized patients at UWMC. In 2005, she decided to pursue a Masters in Nursing. After a two-year stint at
Everett Clinic as an ARNP, Sharon joined the UW Nephrology team in 2010 – first as a Health Care Specialist at Harborview in 2010 and then as a Teaching Associate starting in 2012, a position she has held since then.
In the past 12 years, Sharon has been an indispensable part of the dialysis team at the UW Division of Nephrology. Not only did she provide the highest-quality care to patients in our practice, she has been the strongest advocate for our patients – be it with regards to their vascular access, or symptom management, or transplant referral, or end of life care. Her day would often start very early in the morning or extend way past dinner time, and on many days, both. She has been active in the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses Education where she has served as an educator to the regional nursing community. In addition to being a trusted colleague, Sharon is a world traveler and a proud grandmother.
We will miss Sharon in the Division of Nephrology. We are delighted to celebrate this milestone in her career.