Darlena Banas, FNP, APRN, CNN-NP, is a dedicated and accomplished nephrology nurse practitioner whose passion for patient care and continuous education has led her to an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Beginning her journey in the medical field as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Darlena’s relentless pursuit of excellence and knowledge propelled her through various roles, including Registered Nurse (RN), Charge Nurse, and Clinical Manager, before achieving her dream position as a Nurse (NP) with the Miami Kidney Group. Her educational journey is marked by a Bachelor of Health Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing, both from Barry University, where she specialized in family practice, graduating with honors.

With over 25 years of experience in hemodialysis, home therapies, and acute dialysis treatment, Darlena has become a cornerstone in the nephrology community. Her commitment to her patients goes beyond routine care; she believes in building long-lasting relationships that transform the clinical environment into a familial space. This philosophy is rooted in her understanding that nephrology is not just about treating kidneys but about caring for individuals over an extended period, allowing for a unique bond between patient and caregiver.

Darlena’s story is a testament to the power of dedication, hard work, and a heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of others. Her journey from LPN to NP is a personal achievement and an inspiration to aspiring nurses. It underscores the importance of continuous learning and growth in the nursing profession. She aptly puts it, “Nursing is one of the most rewarding professions in the medical field. If you love taking care of others, you will love nursing.” Darlena Banas exemplifies the essence of nursing: a blend of compassion, expertise, and a lifelong dedication to the well-being of her patients.