Fresenius as an employer? - page 2

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    RUN FOR THE HILLS- They are without reservation the WORST company i have ever worked for. They use catch phrases like ULTRACARE- to give you the impression that they care about patients or staff. They only care about the almighty dollar. They will squeeze every drop of energy from you or every drop of epo so that they can make a profit over the overfill. They provide for unsafe staffing situations in the clinic, do yourself a favor and look else where. It seems like they have a monopoly on dialysis clinics. If you do work for them , encourage everyone to UNIONIZE!! so that there is at least a system of checks and balances, or that someone can have your back because this company is only looking for its own self interest. AGAIN RUN FOR THE HILLS
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    I been working for them for 6 months. The pay is not the best, and we'll never get a raise. All the nurses at my job work there for a 1 year and then start looking in a hospital. The only thing good about Fresenius is that they are willing to train you with no experience. Here in NYC, that is awesome.
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    Can I ask if you had medical surgical or Icu exp like is so broadly touted on this forum? I'm out in AZ and am coming up on completing my 1st yr of work exp but it's light on this type of experience. Nowadays it's virtually impossible to get into a hosp to get the exp that everyone demands, plus it's almost become a seasonal type of work since out here the old people leave when summer comes, the census drops, and they fire everyone!! That's why I took the job I have now, it is virtually guaranteed fulltime work and the pay is at the top for a new grad.....BUT....... I hate nights and am not getting longterm career-building exp, so am ultimately not satisfied, really just making good $$.


    Quote from BigBoy75
    I been working for them for 6 months. The pay is not the best, and we'll never get a raise. All the nurses at my job work there for a 1 year and then start looking in a hospital. The only thing good about Fresenius is that they are willing to train you with no experience. Here in NYC, that is awesome.
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    The Manager told me I had the job and would call me next week to do my drug test. When she did not call me, I called and the staff would never let me speak with her and hurry me off the phone. After my second email to her and her pretending that shes not there she emailed me and said that she is still reviewing applicants like she NEVER told me I had the job. So unprofessional and fishy behavior. Plus they offered me crappy pay, less then I made as an LPN. :angryfire
    Last edit by PinkaRN on Dec 17, '09
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    I was a new grad. I haven't even taken the boards yet. There were about 7 new grads in my orientation who was hired by different Fresenius company in NYC. One day I was searching for a job and I got the entire list of Dialysis companies in Queens New York and started calling all of them. About 50% mention to me if I had experience that they will hire me, but they don't train. Only Fresenius are willing to train you. Also I know because the salarie is low, they know a certain percentage will leave in 1 to 2 yrs but that is okay with them. I appreiciate it because all hospitals have freezes on them, so all my class mates who are working is doing home care. Only 5% found job in a hospital or clinical setting.



    Re: Fresenius as an employer?Can I ask if you had medical surgical or Icu exp like is so broadly touted on this forum? I'm out in AZ and am coming up on completing my 1st yr of work exp but it's light on this type of experience. Nowadays it's virtually impossible to get into a hosp to get the exp that everyone demands, plus it's almost become a seasonal type of work since out here the old people leave when summer comes, the census drops, and they fire everyone!! That's why I took the job I have now, it is virtually guaranteed fulltime work and the pay is at the top for a new grad.....BUT....... I hate nights and am not getting longterm career-building exp, so am ultimately not satisfied, really just making good $$.



    Originally Posted by BigBoy75
    I been working for them for 6 months. The pay is not the best, and we'll never get a raise. All the nurses at my job work there for a 1 year and then start looking in a hospital. The only thing good about Fresenius is that they are willing to train you with no experience. Here in NYC, that is awesome.
    Last edit by BigBoy75 on Dec 18, '09
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    I've been working for them for 4 years and I'm very satisfied. Iworked chronic first but switched to acutes and I'm much happier there. I think working in a chronic unit is drudgery. The pace is slower in acutes and more suited to my personality. I think other people have summed it up nicely - it depends on where you work. Fresenius might be a terrible company, but I've had two different supervisors and loved both of them dearly. I love my coworkers and would do anything for them. When I read these boards and here about the backstabbing and politics they must deal with, I count my blessings every day for the great job I have and the great people I work with.

    I'd say give it a try and see if you like it. I hated it in the beginning but stuck with it because I couldn't find anything else. Now I can't imagine doing anything else.
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    Natkat thanks for that informative reply; I've been told to get a few "shadows" in at some dialysis facilities to get an inside glimpse at the culture, you know the real inside story of how that facility runs. Currently I work in "corrections" which is a great job for a recent grad (4/09) but quite unchallenging/unfulfilling, I'm a science guy and loved the complexities of physiology during school, so yearn to get into more involved work.
    Question- if you were to ever leave the dialysis field, what areas would you consider? What skills have you learned working there?
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    Quote from kf15
    Natkat thanks for that informative reply; I've been told to get a few "shadows" in at some dialysis facilities to get an inside glimpse at the culture, you know the real inside story of how that facility runs. Currently I work in "corrections" which is a great job for a recent grad (4/09) but quite unchallenging/unfulfilling, I'm a science guy and loved the complexities of physiology during school, so yearn to get into more involved work.
    Question- if you were to ever leave the dialysis field, what areas would you consider? What skills have you learned working there?
    I know you didn't post to me but I'd like to answer your last 2 questions. If I were younger I'd go into flight nursing. I love helicopters. Of course that's not a reason to go into flight nursing. But I still love helicopters. And I would like the autonomy.

    And that answer leads to the next question. Autonomy in HD. You get to know the patient's. You know what they can tolerate, you know when they are not "just right". If a patient comes in with a fever and s/s of an infected cath you know to get them onto treatment, draw blood cultures etc. Some of the work is rote but not all. You get to manage a patient's care as well as perform that care. I like seeing my patients often because I can see them get better. Many hospital jobs don't get that. The patients are hardly well when they go home and you don't get to see them get better.

    And again if I were younger I'd be an NP and work in HD. Have your own clinic and group of patients and help them stay well.

    Just some of the thoughts of an old timer. 15+ years doing chronics but currently working acutes. Not my favs.
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    They "always" have openings, many and all the time. That signals to me that they are not retaining nurses. I'd beware.
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    Quote from IlovenursingRN
    They "always" have openings, many and all the time. That signals to me that they are not retaining nurses. I'd beware.
    So does DaVita. So does American Renal or Liberity Dialysis, or DSI, or DCI. They all do......They may not be retaining nurses but how many new grads do you hear saying they want to work in dialysis. Most of them have never been in a dialysis unit.
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