Be a renal nurse and not work a day in your life - page 2

This article is a story of a renal patient finding happiness and home at the four corners of the hemodialysis unit. "I've never been this happy." As said by a patient given love and care by... Read More

  1. Visit  catman88 profile page
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    I am not yet a nurse so I don't know the ins and outs of the specialties, but I always thought dialysis and renal nursing were fascinating. The story made me tear up. Thank you.
  2. Visit  ldyjstce profile page
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    2 years as a hemo RN and have been a PD RN for 4 months. I get tired of ER, L&D, med-surg, etc., RNs thinking that either is EASY. I have been told that hemo is nothing since you just stick 2 needles in them and let them run for a few hours. BULL! These pt's literally put their lives in our hands daily . . . when you are pumping blood at 500mL/min and a needle "pops out", watch how fast they can bleed out. Amazing how a pt's bp can go from normotensive and 15" later they are in a hypotensive crisis. Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I get tired of people thinking renal nurses just deal with pee!!!
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  3. Visit  abbyrenalRN profile page
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    Quote from ldyjstce
    2 years as a hemo RN and have been a PD RN for 4 months. I get tired of ER, L&D, med-surg, etc., RNs thinking that either is EASY. I have been told that hemo is nothing since you just stick 2 needles in them and let them run for a few hours. BULL! These pt's literally put their lives in our hands daily . . . when you are pumping blood at 500mL/min and a needle "pops out", watch how fast they can bleed out. Amazing how a pt's bp can go from normotensive and 15" later they are in a hypotensive crisis. Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I get tired of people thinking renal nurses just deal with pee!!!

    ....TRUE!! and the magic of a hypotensive unresponsive patient like going on a shock goes right back after blood return like "WHAT THE "H" HAPPEND? LOL
  4. Visit  RN58186 profile page
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    I have been a renal nurse for my entire career. I would never move to another specialty. I work in transplant now but it is still an area that I love. One of my pts told me that he thinks the best nurses are all renal nurses. I know renal gets frowned on because our pts can be challenging, but given what some of them have been through, I'd be a challenging pt too!
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  5. Visit  serenidad2004 profile page
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    While I have only been in dialysis for a little over a year, I did the first 9 years of my nursing journey in SNF/LTC. I absolutely love working in renal medicine!!! While the patients can be challenging...I think I have truly found where I see myself working for along time.


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