1. Hey folks. Long time lurker, first time poster. Looking for advice or just some moral support. I spent the first 8 years of my career in a busy emergency room. I decided to leave and try something else (was mildly burnt out and just sick of the rat race). Anywho, I made my way to dialysis. The training was 9 weeks long. It was also paid, which means I have to pay the hospital back about 4-6 months of work. I'm just in my first week of work and part of me feels like I absolutely hate it. It's chronic care in the worst form. I have a sinking feeling in my gut and 6 months seems like a prison term now. It's maybe just new job jitters, but maybe it's not. If I leave the job early, they will dock my pay for the next few months to repay the education they paid for me to have. Anyway. Enough whining. Hope you all have a great weekend
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I am stuck on the part that you had to pay for training. :| That said I don't think 1 week is enough time to decide to leave yet. I think you should stick it out the 6 months min.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I, too, made a change from acute care to outpatient dialysis and hated it for about 6 months. I felt everyday, like I made a huge mistake and wanted to quit. It takes time to learn the ins and outs and to develop an organized system of working.

    But then, it grew on me as did the patients. I love it now, nearly 6 years later. The teamwork is great, the patients like family. Give it time; you may really warm up to it. Or not. But this is way too soon to judge a specialty that is not just outpatient, but also has options for many other areas like inpatient acute dialysis, home dialysis nursing or even transplant nursing.

    And it's far easier on my body to work 9 or 10 hour shifts in an area where MOST patients are at least somewhat ambulatory.

    Give it time. Don't be rash.
  5. by   Burntout83
    Appreciate the replies. I think I had some
    peak stress last evening and it motivated me to post on here. I agree, it's too early to decide if I like it or not. Stress and fear can definitely have a big influence on you:s
  6. by   Rocknurse
    I used to work in dialysis for a few years, and I came from a critical care background. I worked in acute dialysis though and I'm wondering if that might be more suitable for you. I absolutely loved it and in the end got my dialysis certification. I was the clinical coordinator for an acute team across 5 facilities and I have great fond memories of working there. I'm not sure which company you're with but if it's the biggest one that begins with D then there are many opportunities to move around. I never worked in chronic dialysis and I never would but acute care is awesome. For the most part it's 1:1 and the hours were incredibly flexible. You could come in whenever you wanted (within reason) as long as the patients got done. Never worked Sunday, most holidays off unless you're on call and the call pay was good. I ran an acute room of 4 beds with a tech and it ran smoothly and I loved working there. See if you can't transfer to acutes. The only down side of it is that you can never guarantee when you're going home, but that's only if you're on call. We'd otherwise do two patients each a day. That's about an 8-10 hour day and we worked 4 days a week. Good luck.
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Dialysis / Renal / Urology forum