Be a renal nurse and not work a day in your life

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    Boring and very routinely, prolongs but never save lives. Is this true that renal nursing is such? NO, NEVER, this article will prove those who thinks that way wrong.

    Be a renal nurse and not work a day in your life

    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 his dialysis nurse. a phrase that will tickle any ear specially if heard from a man, a father, very weak, on hemodialysis for 2 years but knows he may die anytime even if he sits on a lazy-boy chair for hours with his blood out for cleaning.

    He used to work at a company with a managerial position. Being the best, all his recommendations was accepted including all of his children being given the opportunity to work in the same company. they all became as successful as he was. But when he got sick, and weak, all of his children left him.

    Worse, he was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and underwent hemodialysis. The old successful, proud man and father became lonely, weak and alone.

    I am a renal nurse. I am dealing with hemodialysis clients every day of my life. The story of this patient is just one among the many. They say it is a very routinely job, they say it never save lives making it dull and boring. Everybody knows that without transplant a patient needs dialysis to prolong life, to stay alive.

    We keep them alive therefore we save lives. They come for dialysis on a very regular basis. Too regular our hearts get broken too when they leave, we listen to their agony and we celebrate with them on a successful transplant. I agree its a routine because we care on a routinely basis. However, in my opinion, a renal nurse for five years, it was never boring.

    Caring was never boring.

    I have seen critical patients dyspneic and edematous, even the worse of the worse but slowly getting better through dialysis and getting stronger for transplant. Yes, some did not make it. It goes for all of us too. Sick or well one thing is a common permanent end, death. The key to a successful job is to love it and never work a day in your life.

    It is true that health personnel have boundaries in patient-nurse/doctor relationship. But it is also a fact that we should not treat our patients as a bed number or a laboratory result. they have names, they have feelings. Renal patients are seen most by renal nurses making them attached and involved with each other. Some, even treat each other as family. As long as professionalism and equality is practiced at all times, to care and to love will never be a sin.

    The patient describes hemodialysis center as his home. He visits the staff and other patients even not on scheduled treatment days. He said he found new friends in there and the atmosphere reminded him of what it is like to be taken care of even by strangers, he calls family now.

    "I've never been this happy." with tears the patient told renal nurses and doctors on a speech at a christmas party for patients and staff of the hemodialysis center. it is a week before he died.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 12, '15
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  2. Poll: Is being a renal nurse fulfilling for you?

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  3. Visit  abbyrenalRN profile page

    About abbyrenalRN

    Im a renal nurse. my mother is a renal nurse and my father a renal patient. making renal, my life.

    Joined Jun '13; Posts: 21; Likes: 12.

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  4. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    For a second, I thought that said "real" nurse...then I saw all the dialysis talk and figured it out

    You're spot on: if you truly enjoy what you do at work, you'll never be working. Nice article.
    NurseGizy, born2circulateRN, and anie10 like this.
  5. Visit  Melodies of Legend profile page
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    Thank you for sharing your story and his. I choose to become a nurse, not work as a nurse and I want to always remember that.

    I'm sorry that my cat voted on your poll; she loves to sit on my laptop. She has no experience as a renal nurse, so just ignore her butting in.
  6. Visit  RNSavingHearts profile page
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    Sorry, ignore my vote...I didn't pay attention to the question.
  7. Visit  UTVOL3 profile page
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    Interesting! I find nephrology/dialysis pretty fascinating, but I've heard dialysis is a very stressful area to work. I have heard there are frequent codes/emergencies and the dialysis centers are often understaffed. Will be interested to see the results and comments.
  8. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    I love being a renal nurse!
    Melodies of Legend likes this.
  9. Visit  calliou profile page
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    I am still fairly new to the whole process, but I do love my patients... so I voted as being "quite fulfilled"...
  10. Visit  wctcsn1 profile page
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    Thank you for posting this. I am interested in the area of dialysis.
  11. Visit  Chisca profile page
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    Very fulfilling when you make that connection with a patient and they thank you for caring. Unfulfilling when a nurse who is not in dialysis makes the comment "you're just a dialysis nurse". If Rodney Dangerfield were a nurse instead of a comedian he would have been a dialysis nurse. No respect.
    carolinapooh likes this.
  12. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from Chisca
    Very fulfilling when you make that connection with a patient and they thank you for caring. Unfulfilling when a nurse who is not in dialysis makes the comment "you're just a dialysis nurse". If Rodney Dangerfield were a nurse instead of a comedian he would have been a dialysis nurse. No respect.
    Unfortunately, almost every specialty gets tagged, "just a..." by someone. Just a dialysis nurse, just a LTC nurse, just a psych nurse, just a L&D nurse, just a school nurse, just a med-surg nurse, and so on. As long as you are happy with what you do, don't waste your time on the detractors--they are not worth it.

    I've thought about trying dialysis. A few of my classmates went into it and they really enjoy the specialty.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jun 6, '13 : Reason: wrong word
  13. Visit  NurseRies profile page
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    I remember when a newspaper in my area came out with an article talking about how dialysis clinics were a death trap and the mortality rates were terrible, etc. We had a patient that wrote in a response article. He was a retired pastor and business owner, he wrote in, "my nurses are some of the most caring people I have encountered in my 83 years of living." He raved about our clinic and the staff and felt shamed that the clinic and any clinic could be given a bad reputation. It got published in the newspaper the next week.

    I remember a patient, who was given 1 year to live. I met her 5 years later, she had both legs amputated, several fingers, and a prosthetic eye, among the problems you could see.. She came to the clinic every treatment in a stretcher wearing her Sunday best and big, Hollywood style sunglasses. She was so happy to come see everyone. She was there when I became a new nurse, there when I got engaged, she remembered my birthday, and I remembered hers. I remember one day after i hooked her up, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and made me promise I would go to her funeral. I think she knew it would be soon. When I heard she passed, I cried. Of course, I went to her funeral. I met her mother and family, they knew my name. When I got engaged, I can't even tell you how much love I felt from my 52 patients. These patients were my other family. I even grew fond of the cranky ones. I have loved dialysis from the moment I started. People tell me that I'm limiting my career, but I honestly can't imagine doing anything else. There are tons of possibilities from renal nurses, and many of them involve normal hours! We are a blessed group of nurses. I know I am blessed...
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  14. Visit  abbyrenalRN profile page
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    Quote from NurseRies
    I remember when a newspaper in my area came out with an article talking about how dialysis clinics were a death trap and the mortality rates were terrible, etc. We had a patient that wrote in a response article. He was a retired pastor and business owner, he wrote in, "my nurses are some of the most caring people I have encountered in my 83 years of living." He raved about our clinic and the staff and felt shamed that the clinic and any clinic could be given a bad reputation. It got published in the newspaper the next week.

    I remember a patient, who was given 1 year to live. I met her 5 years later, she had both legs amputated, several fingers, and a prosthetic eye, among the problems you could see.. She came to the clinic every treatment in a stretcher wearing her Sunday best and big, Hollywood style sunglasses. She was so happy to come see everyone. She was there when I became a new nurse, there when I got engaged, she remembered my birthday, and I remembered hers. I remember one day after i hooked her up, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and made me promise I would go to her funeral. I think she knew it would be soon. When I heard she passed, I cried. Of course, I went to her funeral. I met her mother and family, they knew my name. When I got engaged, I can't even tell you how much love I felt from my 52 patients. These patients were my other family. I even grew fond of the cranky ones. I have loved dialysis from the moment I started. People tell me that I'm limiting my career, but I honestly can't imagine doing anything else. There are tons of possibilities from renal nurses, and many of them involve normal hours! We are a blessed group of nurses. I know I am blessed...
    Thank you for now i have your story to tell myself that there are people like me too. loving and being loved at a job we see as a vocation, a calling. something that gives us happiness too.

    soon, im going to be with my fiance in another country and the idea of quitting my job due to that is already breaking my heart. im leaving my unit end of this year with a hope in my heart that i would be in the dialysis too at his country.

    your story got me teary. yes, its true that not only do patients find friends in us but us finding a family in them. kudos to renal nurse, to us!!
  15. Visit  NurseRies profile page
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    Fresenius is an international company! I have met many nurses who have done dialysis all over the world. I hope you can find an equally fulfilling job.


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