I have been working in an eight bed ICU in the south for over 10 years. I am needing a change and have been considering dialysis because so many of the patients I have taken care of over the years are dialysis patients or were heading in that direction. I had a phone interview with DaVita today from the recruiter that went very well. I have also received any email from Fresenius stating that they are reviewing my application.
Do you dialysis nurses out there think this would be a good move for me? I love ICU and the people I work with but the corporation that owns the hospital continues to make it more difficult to WANT to work for THEM.
If I am offered a job at one or both of these dialysis centers, which one would you experienced nurses suggest? Thank you so very much for your input!!!
I worked in chronic dialysis. I loved the patients, you really get to know them. You work your tail off. I initially was hired for three 10 hour shifts but quit when Ii got tired of doing three 16 hour shifts. They just kept adding patients and not replacing staff that left. I really enjoyed the work, but felt they were working us to death. My advice would be to ask to shadow and see how big the clinic is. Then see how many RNs are there. Make sure you are not alone like I was. If you get a shot to work in acute setting, jump at that. I really wish I had given acutes a shot, but I got so burned out I went to med surg. I miss dialysis. I miss knowing my patients and seeing them day after day. Now I just toss meds at them and run away in the hospital. Feel free to ask any questions I will help in any way I can. If staffed properly, dialysis is a great field and the training is excellent.
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Im glad to read your perspective on the chronic dialysis setting. Currently I work in acute care and was considering chronic dialysis because I thought the work would be a little less stressful but from reading your post it doesnt seem that way. Another reason I was considering was because I hate hospital hours Im sick of flipping between day and nights and working weekends and holidays. I know the chronic
setting does involve Saturdays and holidays arent totally eliminated I just thought it would give me a bit more of a structured schedule and more family time.
Last edit by klaRN01 on Jun 17, '12