Thinking of changing my job. Thinking of going from ICu nursing to dialysis. But I do not know anything about dialysis nursing. Anyone out there that can tell me if I am doing the right change. Very nervous of change. Is dialysis nursing interesting or challenging?
Jun 6, '03
Originally posted by jmtmom
There is one RN and 1 - 2 techs per module. So the RN is responsible for six patients at a time. It's very busy and very fast paced.
You're only responsible for SIX patients per shift?!?!?How cool is THAT?
In my clinic (3 shifts, MWF) I'm the ONLY RN - I charge and assist a tech with 5 patients while overseeing the rest of the floor (we're a 15 chair clinic), giving all the meds, functioning as clinical coordinator, vascular access coordinator, make rounds with the doc, etc..(and it's really not bad...these are my "light" days). And on tues/thurs I float to a larger one in downtown Atlanta that has 20 chairs where I am charge over the whole place, each tech has four chairs. I have one LPN who assists in the back (for 8-10 chairs) so I deal with assessments on my 8-10 plus I'm ultimately responsible for what happens with her bunch too; put on and take off 4 caths, give meds on all 20, basically run the show clinically (since the adminstrator has a business degree and no clinical background at all); make the necessary referrals and phone calls to ensure "quality patient care" (meaning I call the doc for emergencies and the social worker for patients who want to act out against the staff - it's a WILD clinic) and if the LPN winds up having to take a pod because a tech didn't show, then I'm doing assessments, giving meds, and putting on caths for EVERYBODY but her four. You call having 6 at a time plus 1-2 techs "busy and fast-paced"? GIRL! I am JEALOUS!!
Last edit by babs_rn on Jun 6, '03