Fresenius as an employer? - page 3

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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?

    If I were to leave dialysis I would work in the OR. I've always loved surgery but none of the hospitals in my area were offering OR internships when I graduated. So unless by some miracle someone is willing to train an inexperienced nurse for the OR, I'll probably never get the chance to work in the OR. Other than that, I can't think of anything else I'd rather do. I'm a very laid back, type B person and environments like the ER would not be a good fit for me. No way, no how. Dialysis, at least in the acute setting, is very slow paced, patient ratio is 1:1 with the occasional 2:1.

    My reasons are very different from yours. I have no desire to work in a fast-paced environment and don't see myself staying in nursing forever. I'm considering a degree in something else - not nursing - because I really don't enjoy being a nurse, so for me there's no point in trying to go somewhere else and learn new skills. I'd rather spend my time and energy working toward a different career.

    I think the greatest skill I've learned is assessment. Someone else mentioned being able to tell when something isn't quit right, and in dialysis I've seen enough patients quickly go downhill that now I can pick up on it a lot faster. I've really acquired an instinct for knowing that a patient isn't doing well and might be getting ready to code. I will never forget the day I heard agonal respirations for the first time. I was thinking "gee this guy has really bad sleep apnea" and suddenly it dawned on me that it wasn't sleep apena but agonal respirations. Because in acute dialysis we monitor the patient throughout treatment, we get a better chance to observe the patient and so are able to spot sudden changes that a floor nurse won't see because they are being pulled in to many directions at once and may not be at the beside when changes happen. So I feel lucky to have acquired that skill.

    Another useful skill is dealing with difficult personalities and psych/social issues. Dialysis patients have lots of these issues and I found it difficult to handle at first. Over time I've learned to size up a person's personality and figure out their issues, when to talk and when to be quiet, and not let them get to me. I do get sick and tired of dealing with families talking to me like I'm stupid and seemingly trying to bust my balls, as it were, over stupid petty things. That's what's driving me away from nursing, truth be told. I love medicine but I'm sick and tired of dealing with abusive family members. Learning how to blow them off is a skill I wish I could acquire, and the sooner the better would be helpful.
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    The COnditions state regulations for RNs and it is pretty scarey, as far as I am concerned, to have a NEW RN be put on the floor even with training being given. There are so many things that can happen and it is not a cookie cutter treatment although as far as I can tell providers do a cookie cutter training. RNs will tell you it takes years esp when complications arise iwth m achines, etc....
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    i have an interview for a patient care tech position with a fresenius chicago location in a few days. i have no dialysis experience and this would be my first time working in years (i just recertified as a cna). i don't expect a smooth ride, but what do i have to "brush up" on, or what shall i expect as a pct? and is it true that once you're trained by fresenius that you are certified as a dialysis tech? if not, what type of certification does one get? how long is training? pct pay rate and pay raise? is it on the job or in a "practice" location? what are some queestions i should ask the interviewer? and could someone explain the differences between acute and chronic dialysis -and what were your experiences with them? i'm posting this based on things i've read via internet, and just trying to prepare myself for a new chapter of working in my life and with the company. i'd appreciate any detailed feedback. thank you much!
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    I have applied with this company twice now, with a hook up on the inside! I was called to interview and the manager said she'd call me back. I went in when I was called for my second interview where the manager said we'd talk about the pay they were offering to me. Well, once I had driven the 45 minutes to get there the manager makes me wait over an hour to see her. Then she tells me they are still interviewing and she'd be in touch. Ummm.....ok, why not be courteous and call me and mention that before wasting my time? I think it was a blessing in disguise. My friend ended up hating the company because they won't hire enough staff and are always pushing them to be quick! Now, she's kinda stuck there, ick!
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    Quote from dialysisphillyrn
    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

    I agree that it is companies like Fresenius that make unions necessary. they have a compliance line that is supposed to be an advocate for the employee when it really is just a way for them to retaliate against you if you complain about the things they are doing wrong or downright unethical. They have guidelines in their handbook regarding harrassment that they don't even follow. You will have a hard time getting legal back up too. I would never advise anyone to work for this company and I am getting out as soon as I can!!!
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    Ageed~do not waste your time with this company~you will regret it and need prescription medication to deal with the stress and other physical ailments caused from the stress of the job!
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    I agree acute is a lot better, but chronic is a nightmare!!!!
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    You are right, most family members are idiots.


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