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Does anyone know about the FMC 'open house' that the units are going to be having this coming week? I have heard, from several, that numerous states (Louisiana, California, for example) will be... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Quote from MedicalZebra
    I also have a heavily scarred access-- mine is almost 9 years old. There are a few nurses who infiltrate me and/or give me three or four needles every time they try to hook me up. It's quit scary to have an access this old be stuck by people who have trouble with it! Thankfully the nurses who have a problem call for help and someone who can stick me comes over to reposition the needle. A patient wanting a specific sticker isn't always due to crankiness... sometimes it's because she's scared of losing her access from one too many infiltrations. I have never refused to have someone hook me up... but it's frustrating to keep giving people 'second chances' and never have them improve.
    I fully understand. :kiss

    We're always really good about asking a coworker to come over if we feel we are running into problems.. BEFORE we have to pull it and try again. That's fine, and we all work together well that way.. we certainly want what's best for the patient. But it's best done that way.. we just can't be playing the "favorites" game, is basically what I'm saying. That would get out of hand real fast.

    Those who are having difficulty should be over there watching and learning from the one who IS able to stick your access . That's what we do.. ask questions.. how deep? How shallow? Does the needle need to go to the right/ left? Etc.etc.
    Have the good "sticker" advise the others on just how to best cannulate your access.

    Teamwork ! Teamwork !!!
  2. by   bugsbee
    Can anyone tell me if FMC is Fresenius Medical Care. I have an interest in Dialysis but am not sure what company is best to work for. Can anyone tell me? I am looking in the Georgia area. I understand Gambro was bought out by Davita.
  3. by   jnette
    Quote from bugsbee
    Can anyone tell me if FMC is Fresenius Medical Care. I have an interest in Dialysis but am not sure what company is best to work for. Can anyone tell me? I am looking in the Georgia area. I understand Gambro was bought out by Davita.
    Yes. FMC = Fresenius Medical Care.

    Davita is decent to work for, I hear, and Renal Care Group (RCG) is supposedly excellent to work for as well.
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Here's my
    I really like Renal Care Group, but not FMC. I have no experience w/ Gambro or DeVita. And yes, DaVita did buy Gambro.
  5. by   lost nurse
    It's pretty ironic that I would come across this thread today. I am a new RN to FMC and I also thought it was weird that they would have an open house with clients on the dialysis machines. I was also trying to figure out why we dont get a raise after 6 months of working like most places offer. I was also surprised that the annual raise I was told about was only 3%. In Ventura, CA that barely covers the cost of living. So you are telling me that the annual raise used to be higher? That really sucks. I was kinda excited about trying out dialysis but it's really leaving a bad taste in my mouth about how slowly the raises will be coming especially since why are told about how important it is to save the company money any which way we can. Maybe I should just move on.

    THEN, I saw something about another subpeona. What the heck is that about?
  6. by   bugsbee
    This is quite interesting since I just interviewed for a position with FMC. But something told me I needed more information before accepting a position with them. They seemed to be the only dialysis company in the area looking for RNS. I think I had better keep looking and give this some more thought.
  7. by   bbrnurse
    [QUOTE=fortybelow]It's pretty ironic that I would come across this thread today. I am a new RN to FMC and I also thought it was weird that they would have an open house with clients on the dialysis machines. I was also trying to figure out why we dont get a raise after 6 months of working like most places offer. I was also surprised that the annual raise I was told about was only 3%. In Ventura, CA that barely covers the cost of living. So you are telling me that the annual raise used to be higher? That really sucks. I was kinda excited about trying out dialysis but it's really leaving a bad taste in my mouth about how slowly the raises will be coming especially since why are told about how important it is to save the company money any which way we can. Maybe I should just move on.

    THEN, I saw something about another subpeona. What the heck is that about?[/QUOTE\\\


    Every one of the big dialysis companies have been subpeonaed. Several times.

    The DOJ wants to know about something and so it subpeonas these companies.

    As for Davita buying Gambro. That is not a fait accompli. Davita hasn't signed on the dotted line yet. Will it go through.. probably. Not a total given yet.
  8. by   lost nurse
    Why are they having to deal with courts....what did they do?
  9. by   lost nurse
    Quote from bugsbee
    This is quite interesting since I just interviewed for a position with FMC. But something told me I needed more information before accepting a position with them. They seemed to be the only dialysis company in the area looking for RNS. I think I had better keep looking and give this some more thought.

    Where did you interview? how many years experience do you have as an RN? What would have been your starting salary? Mine was 22
  10. by   bbrnurse
    Quote from fortybelow
    Why are they having to deal with courts....what did they do?

    Some paper work had been shredded. And the government wants to be sure they are keeping every piece..All of them got subpeonaed earlier this year on a reimbursement issue of PTH's and Zemplar, Hecterol and Calcijex.


    ESRD is the only chronic illness totally funded by Medicare and these companies/clinics have to jump through hoops to get their money.

    Ya know the government....
  11. by   bugsbee
    I interviewed in North Georgia. I was not given a starting salary. I have 20 plus years as a nurse. What I was surprised at is they tell you up front that you must stay a year or pay them for the training. Also not sure if this was usual but you start at 5 AM and go till when ever.
  12. by   bbrnurse
    Quote from bugsbee
    I interviewed in North Georgia. I was not given a starting salary. I have 20 plus years as a nurse. What I was surprised at is they tell you up front that you must stay a year or pay them for the training. Also not sure if this was usual but you start at 5 AM and go till when ever.

    OMG some units in Cali start at 0300...
  13. by   jnette
    Quote from bugsbee
    I interviewed in North Georgia. I was not given a starting salary. I have 20 plus years as a nurse. What I was surprised at is they tell you up front that you must stay a year or pay them for the training. Also not sure if this was usual but you start at 5 AM and go till when ever.
    WOW... I have not heard THAT one yet ! Interesting. Wonder when they started that? (about compensating for the training?)

    Yes, facilities all start at different times, we start at 0500, but we go in at 0400 to get set up. I've not heard of anyone starting at three, though. :uhoh21: Most places start at 0500 or 0600.

    As for the subpoena, bbrn had it exactly right. Most large dialysis facilites get subpoenad regularly. Being medicare funded, the gov't. stays on top of us like stink on doo-doo. Heh. They want to make sure there's no fraud anywhere, and compliance is a huge must with dialysis facilities. FMC is NOT the only one being subpoenad right now.

    As for the raise.. FMC did just drop the previously held 5% annual raise to 3%, and I was MOST disapppointed. We hardly get paid our worth as it is, conisdering the amount of work and stress involved.
    Last edit by jnette on Apr 16, '05

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