I accepted a position with a dialysis clinic about a month ago and started last week. When I interviewed I was told the clinic had been bought by Davita but "other than a new charting system next year nothing will be changed."
I asked specific questions such as where the training would take place, uniforms etc. I was told the training was at the clinic I was interviewing with and uniforms were any scrubs
that were professional in nature.
WELL, imagine my surprise when I had not been there 5 minutes when the hiring manager tells me my training is NOT going to be at this clinic but one over an hour from where I live, mileage will only be paid the distance between the clinics - not my house to there, I DO have to travel for classes to the corporate office (75 miles one way), will be sent out of state in Dec. AND Feb. for additional training.
The training at the clinic that is an hour one way will be "about" 16 weeks, then I will be brought back to the original clinic I interviewed for to work. Uniforms...well, they will be Davita - who will provide 1 and we are to buy the rest.
I am LIVID about this though I said NOTHING because I have NO other option right now. I would have NEVER taken a position that puts me 12-14 hrs/day ALL the time plus the travel to other cities AND other states.
This is the very reason I didn't accept a position with another dialysis clinic over the summer. There is no viable reason for these dialysis companies to send people all over for training.
I am NOT a business exec with an MBA who "lives" for traveling and hotel. I am a nurse who wants to go in, do her job well, make a decent wage and have balance. The thought seems to be to "live" this company. I understand some days you have to work over - that is not what I'm talking about. The companies bemoan profits but spend TONS of cash on this kind of stuff.
I have already started applying other places and have decided as bad as hospital nursing can be, I'd rather tough out a few 12 hr shifts a week than work 12-14 hrs plus drive time and travel - even though the pay is great - the time you have to devote for me is not worth it.
I don't know what will happen in your case BUT ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS over and over if you have to and do not believe that things won't change. Even some of the nurses who have worked where I am now have been floored by the about face the management has done. The sad thing is I really enjoy the work and the patients but what they are asking, for me, is too much. Good luck.