Fresenius medical care...taking over dialysis unit HELP! - page 7

Hello. I am an RN that is currently employed by Renal Care Group. Today we just learned that Fresenius Medical Care has bought out all of RCG's stock and they are taking us over. We were a privately... Read More

  1. by   summer4me
    For thise interested, you might want to check the figures on who & how many units & patients of fmc & davita. Been associated with all 3 & Davita by far is the best.
  2. by   GeauxNursing
    Quote from Gingbro
    I do not know how it is there but I do know LPNs who are working for Fresenius. You have experience and I do not see how they would let you and then go through the trouble of retraining another person. Plus, they pay for techs and LPNs to further their education. If you were an LPN with no experience that would be a different story. I do not see them letting you go. You will be an asset to them.

    I am in the process of getting my LVN and my boss is offering me a nice bump in salary once I graduate (currently a tech.) I actually don't make squat as a tech and I hate it! I work for Davita, who is more and more seeming to me "all about the money" lately. Our regional guy complaining to my boss about overtime and productivity(we are short-staffed). Making the half-dayers, who would normally be leaving for the day at 11, stay and clock out for a lunch! So silly.
    When we moved to our new clinic, we cut out pillow cases. But we do have band-aids, and temp-dots. I can't imagine having only one thermometer for the whole clinic! And bring your own bandaids? that is jujst crazy. Davita seems to have pretty good benefits, altough I am beginning to think that the "profit sharing bonuses" are only to compensate for my crappy wages.
    ::vent over::
  3. by   CocoaGirl
    I currently work for FMC and I have to say that patient care is not a top priority, the almighty dollar is. Our 5 units were "bought Out" by FMC about a year ago, and it has been turmoil ever since. Everytime we think we have things under control and are doing it "the Fresenius way", they change policies or there is something else to do on top of everything that we already have to do. I am the ONLY liceensed staff in our 12 station unit. There are three other PCT's, no secretary, no one else but the 4 of us. I am responsible for all of the nursing duties, all of the reports and not to mention the mounds of paperwork that FMC requires. I have been in dialysis for over 12 years and it is my passion, but I'm feeling like the life is being sucked out of me by this company. Our area manager is always on us about keeping the cost per treatment and our TAP down. It has gotten to the point that co-workers in our other units will come in and start working without clocking in just so that they can get their work done and management is not riding their a$$. Before we were acquired by FMC our staffing was very stable and it was actually a great place to work, patient care was THE only priority. Now there is so much turnover that agency staff have to be used and the people that are being hired are leaving before orientation is even over. Many of my co-workers quit within 4-6 months after the take over. We hear everyday from patients that they wish it could be like it used to be, now they feel like herded cattle. I agree avoid FMC as a patient and as an employee. I am seriously looking for another job.
  4. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from CocoaGirl
    I currently work for FMC and I have to say that patient care is not a top priority, the almighty dollar is. Our 5 units were "bought Out" by FMC about a year ago, and it has been turmoil ever since. Everytime we think we have things under control and are doing it "the Fresenius way", they change policies or there is something else to do on top of everything that we already have to do. I am the ONLY liceensed staff in our 12 station unit. There are three other PCT's, no secretary, no one else but the 4 of us. I am responsible for all of the nursing duties, all of the reports and not to mention the mounds of paperwork that FMC requires. I have been in dialysis for over 12 years and it is my passion, but I'm feeling like the life is being sucked out of me by this company. Our area manager is always on us about keeping the cost per treatment and our TAP down. It has gotten to the point that co-workers in our other units will come in and start working without clocking in just so that they can get their work done and management is not riding their a$$. Before we were acquired by FMC our staffing was very stable and it was actually a great place to work, patient care was THE only priority. Now there is so much turnover that agency staff have to be used and the people that are being hired are leaving before orientation is even over. Many of my co-workers quit within 4-6 months after the take over. We hear everyday from patients that they wish it could be like it used to be, now they feel like herded cattle. I agree avoid FMC as a patient and as an employee. I am seriously looking for another job.
    I agree that takeovers are horrid. But maybe if the pay is good and you ride with it you will be top dog. Keep a diary, that will be valuable. Did you ever work for davita, what city are you in? We went from County owned to Davita owned. There was a lot of wasted time and materials when the county owned it but everyone complained big time about the supplies, etc.after the takeover. Everyone was given about 5,000.00 to stay with Davita. they lost a lot to leave the county. It is true some of the priority shifts but no boss would be able to tell me that the patient comes second. just keep notes, write out assignment protests so your a** is covered should there be an incident. How do you even leave to go to the rest room? You can't leave a tech alone. Not in our unit. I wouldn't it's my liciense on the line. sometimes I leave them for 2 minutes exactly, to go get something. They have nothing to lose.
    Each company is different, each unit in that company is also as good as the administrator. Each nurse is different. Hang in there and take care...Davita is who I work for. My FA is nice, I don't have too many issues, there are things but I am still trying to be a good worker.
  5. by   jnette
    Quote from CocoaGirl
    I currently work for FMC and I have to say that patient care is not a top priority, the almighty dollar is. Our 5 units were "bought Out" by FMC about a year ago, and it has been turmoil ever since. Everytime we think we have things under control and are doing it "the Fresenius way", they change policies or there is something else to do on top of everything that we already have to do. I am the ONLY liceensed staff in our 12 station unit. There are three other PCT's, no secretary, no one else but the 4 of us. I am responsible for all of the nursing duties, all of the reports and not to mention the mounds of paperwork that FMC requires. I have been in dialysis for over 12 years and it is my passion, but I'm feeling like the life is being sucked out of me by this company. Our area manager is always on us about keeping the cost per treatment and our TAP down. It has gotten to the point that co-workers in our other units will come in and start working without clocking in just so that they can get their work done and management is not riding their a$$. Before we were acquired by FMC our staffing was very stable and it was actually a great place to work, patient care was THE only priority. Now there is so much turnover that agency staff have to be used and the people that are being hired are leaving before orientation is even over. Many of my co-workers quit within 4-6 months after the take over. We hear everyday from patients that they wish it could be like it used to be, now they feel like herded cattle. I agree avoid FMC as a patient and as an employee. I am seriously looking for another job.

    Wow... I see nothing's changed (except for the worse) in the two years since I left HD.. a Fresenius clinic, of course.

    I have to agree with all the poster above just said. So very sad all the way around. And the very reason I left. HD would be a wonderful place for any nurse to work ... IF the conditions were right !!! :trout:
  6. by   iriskkerry
    Hi Cocoa and Jnette. I too had a wonderful charge nurse who had been at that difficult clinic for SEVEN years! They would not match the lousy 2$ pay raise that another clinic had offered her. What a shame, she was top notch, taught me alot and the patients loved her. It is so hard to accept that this company apparently cares nothing for their employees. In an industry that is training intensive you would think they would learn how stupid it is that we are so easily 'dispensible'. Dialysis is my passion as well, but, I'nm not sure I can work in an industry that values 2X2's more than dedicated staff, Kerry:angryfire
  7. by   jnette
    Quote from iriskkerry
    Hi Cocoa and Jnette. I too had a wonderful charge nurse who had been at that difficult clinic for SEVEN years! They would not match the lousy 2$ pay raise that another clinic had offered her. What a shame, she was top notch, taught me alot and the patients loved her. It is so hard to accept that this company apparently cares nothing for their employees. In an industry that is training intensive you would think they would learn how stupid it is that we are so easily 'dispensible'. Dialysis is my passion as well, but, I'nm not sure I can work in an industry that values 2X2's more than dedicated staff, Kerry:angryfire

    Wow.. you hit the nail on the head, Kerry! That was also one of my hugest disappointments... they have zero respect or appreciation of their truly dedicated staff ! We were treated as totally dispensable. Our DON was also the BEST... and she was my mentor all those years. She was simply awesome. She's still there, but she's getting ready to retire, so she's just hanging in there for now. What a shame.
  8. by   Lacie
    Quote from CocoaGirl
    I currently work for FMC and I have to say that patient care is not a top priority, the almighty dollar is. Our 5 units were "bought Out" by FMC about a year ago, and it has been turmoil ever since. Everytime we think we have things under control and are doing it "the Fresenius way", they change policies or there is something else to do on top of everything that we already have to do. I am the ONLY liceensed staff in our 12 station unit. There are three other PCT's, no secretary, no one else but the 4 of us. I am responsible for all of the nursing duties, all of the reports and not to mention the mounds of paperwork that FMC requires. I have been in dialysis for over 12 years and it is my passion, but I'm feeling like the life is being sucked out of me by this company. Our area manager is always on us about keeping the cost per treatment and our TAP down. It has gotten to the point that co-workers in our other units will come in and start working without clocking in just so that they can get their work done and management is not riding their a$$. Before we were acquired by FMC our staffing was very stable and it was actually a great place to work, patient care was THE only priority. Now there is so much turnover that agency staff have to be used and the people that are being hired are leaving before orientation is even over. Many of my co-workers quit within 4-6 months after the take over. We hear everyday from patients that they wish it could be like it used to be, now they feel like herded cattle. I agree avoid FMC as a patient and as an employee. I am seriously looking for another job.
    I currently work with Davita and when I first started there about 9-10 months ago I was impressed with the "pt first attitude". In the last 2 months that has seriously changed and the "do it the Davita way" has become a very sad view for me. Pt's are no longer first and the almighty dollar is to the point I have started to send out my resumes elsewhere. I love doing dialysis and have been a nurse for a long time and old school in relation to pt care. The areas of responsiblity between licensed and non-licensed is way to gray and now I am in fear of jeopardizing my license every time I walk in the door. The priority is get them on, get them off, and get them out the door. I havent been able to do my other needed nursing task such as notes etc for months. I''m the first one there and the last one out. If I have to be on the phone for a pt or with a doc, I get "save it for when it's not turnover". In our clinic it always seems to be "turnover" due to someone wanting off early or visitors, etc. We run 3 shifts with the same staff open to close. From what I read here it's not much different company to company at this time. I'm looking to the hospital acute unit which isnt affilitated with any company/profit making group now. My background in critical care and case management may be more appreciated also as right now I feel like I'm an overpaid, over educated technician rather than the nursing professional I'm hired to be. Our staff is also "working off the clock" many times clocking out and coming back in so as not to go over the "productivity allotment" and fear of being yelled at. I love my pts but....too much is too much. One 30 minute break in a 15 hour day just doesnt do it either. If I'm the only licensed person in the building and have to keep getting up during that 30 min dont dock my time either and then refuse to pay me for it. I shouldnt have to spend my day off going in to complete the mandatory computer classes either for every new thing they come up with or have to do it at home without reimbursement for my time. No matching to 401K, no vesting for retirement and the only way is to buy thier stock? I better stop now or it will be a book lol. I can say your post is near identical to that of mine although different companies. The shame of it all is I love what I do and in the long run it's my clients that will suffer not the company.
    Last edit by Lacie on Nov 11, '07
  9. by   nomadness
    my wife has ten years with fmc. they will make your hands bleed make you put toothpicks in your eyes and work you to death. youre lucky you only have 16 patients. wait until they double the census and don't hire any help
  10. by   nomadness
    can you say count the epogen
  11. by   iriskkerry
    And then count it again, and if they don't like your answer, you'll be weighing every teeny tiny botle!!!!!
  12. by   missourigirl53
    Dialysis is dialysis. Davita,FMC or DCI they are all about trying to get things done with as least money as possible. I personally have worked for each and think that FMC provides much better training. They also have ok benefits.
    Good luck to you
  13. by   sunshine9403
    Hello I saw that you work for FMC and I was reading the post from other people on here and like you mentioned every one seems to be very harsh. I graduated last May 2007 from nursing school and worked at a small hospital doing float until July and now I am starting training with FMC on Sept. 2nd. and will get 4 weeks of class training then 5 weeks on the floor then I will be working the clinic and be required to be on call for hospital when dialysis is needed. How hard is dialysis and would that be suffcient training to be on call for a hospital? What is diaylsis really like? Any good things to say about FMC actually theses negative post are making me nervous. Any information is greatly apperciated.

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