Hi - and congratulations on your upcoming release from the clutches of nursing school
!!!! I went into dialysis after being an LPN for 5 years in LTC and an RN with 2 yrs. acute care experience. The pros: Dialysis is very involved, and very interesting. The day flies by. You get to know the patients well and can interact with them. Once you learn dialysis - you know it. No holidays and no weekends.
Cons: Usually you are working with a group of mostly women in a confined space. If someone is having a bad day - everyone is having a bad day. Team nursing is essential to dialysis. Then you get the Center Directors (DON) who usually have limited management experience (and it shows!!!). Not to mention the noncompliant patients!And the exposure risk to all that blood>
The days are long.....we work 3-15hr days per week.
So - that's the long and short of it. I don't know if I hurt or helped. But one thing I know for sure - you are either going to love dialysis - or you will hate it.