Any Davita/Dialysis nurses out there? I am a new nurse who has been offered an RN staff position with Davita. They said they will give me full training etc and once working I may be have about 12 patients under my care (which is what the state says it safe).
I have never worked in dialysis before so am not fully up to speed on what complications etc could occur during the dialysis procedure and wonder whether 12 is a realistic number, and whether I should take it...any ideas/comments???????????
I currently work for Davita and have been for a total of 7 months now. From day 1 i have been essentially the only licensed person on the floor and have no more than 3 pcts to work with. We have 14 chairs. I am responsible not only for meds, assessments, monthly notations or emergencies but I also put on, take off, clean the machines and everything else the techs do. If on the phone regarding a pt and it's change over time - I found out very quickly thats a no-no. They want you on the floor pulling and sticking needles. They utilize a chart for staffing called an SWC which doesnt allot for pt acuity. We get alot of stretcher pts and amputees that take a great deal of assistance. Lately we have been working with only 3 on the floor on Sats (1 nurse 2 pct). Sometimes there is an LPN but she tends to short cut alot of the task of which I am not willing to do. Please as a new grad get your feet wet in med/surg, critical care or somewhere else. I came from the critical setting and am seriously considering returning. Dont get me wrong I love dialysis but the chronic setting I dont get to give my pts what I feel is quality rather than quanitity. We get a 15 min break around 8am and I dont get lunch until around 1:30pm. Considering I open and close the clinic running 3 shifts of pts. I have a wonderful FA but she has her hands tied by the company when it comes to containment of cost. Instead of a 2 day drunk fest at the academy I'd rather have staff.
Last edit by Lacie on Oct 9, '07
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