How to get out of dialysis nursing?
- 1Mar 25, '12 by MarisetteCan anyone give me some suggestions on how to get out of dialysis nursing. I have been a dialysis nurse most of my career. I don't want to do this anymore. I respect the hard work and value of dialysis nurses, but for me after 25 years of nursing, mostly dialysis, I think I want something with less stress.
However, I don't see a job market friendly to hiring someone who has performed dialysis nursing as long as I have. Of course, working with dialysis patients, I have been exposed to adults and some adolescents with numerous co-morbidities and health related issues, but my resumes still has years of dialysis nursing and employers focus on this. I've been a nurse for a long time, but I also started very young so I don't think age is the main issue with me finding other employment. I don't really want to take on a part time job to add experience, because my dialysis job is stressful enough and I have to take call on weekends. But still, I'm willing to consider any suggestions you think may help me get out of dialysis nursing. I would prefer to work in an outpatient area and this is what I have been applying for but so far no luck. I'm willing to take a pay cut or work part time. I have worked all areas in dialysis nursing and do not wish to change positions within dialysis.
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- 0Mar 27, '12 by madwife2002 Senior ModeratorI too am done with Dialysis, I am looking for a job elsewhere and I do not want it to be in dialysis.
I am worn out, exhausted and fed up with the changes my company make on a daily basis, before giving the first changes a chance to work.
I am micro managed and fed up to the back teeth with the incompetent upper management who really do not know what they are doing.
Micro Management is such a negative issue, and it comes from an inability to do their own job properly. Now I have said that I can breath
I have applied for a job in management in a hospital, 32 hour job.
I have also looked at hospice as the many skills you acquire in dialysis can serve you well in a hospice environment.
How about looking into teaching-imagine sharing all your dialysis experience especially as a lot of nurses fear renal patients
- 0Mar 27, '12 by MarisetteThanks to all of you for the suggestions.
Madwife2002, inexperienced micromanagement, is a very good description of what I'm feeling. I just coun't see it.
I would love a job in teaching. I have a BSN, but not a masters and teaching jobs are hard to come by.
This is such a tough job market. I see jobs that I want to apply for but they are registry or as needed jobs. I need to
work at least 32 hrs and have health insurance, so I don't apply. I'm willing to take a $10 pay cut, and would love to work
32 hrs. I've looked into home care, but I'm just not good at driving the highways even with the gps. I'm willing to work
hard, without the politics and unrealistic expections that I see in dialysis. I know there is some stress in every job, but
the nursing turnover in my region is ridiculours. I'm so sorry, I stayed so long. I though it would be easier to get out. I
sometimes hear that nursing has so many opportunities, but I think once you stay too long in a specialty, a nurse like myself
is not marketable or attractive to future employers. I send out resumes and don't hear a word and I went on two interviews
and was basically asked "what else have you done". I don't understand because dialysis nurses do so much ie..iv skills, dressings changes, patient education, adjusting medications per algorithm, setting up machines, supervision of other health care workers, patient assessments, medication administration. Dialysis patients have so many other health care issues that the nurse must also understand and be able to address while taking care of the renal patient.
- 0Mar 29, '12 by rogue_maverickThank you for posting this question and for the comments so far.
I'm fairly young in dialysis nursing, going 4 years. But as early as now, I've set my sights on being a renal unit's care manager in the next 5 or 10 years. Currently I'm one of the shift team lead in my workplace. (I'm currently in the Caribbean)
Inexperienced micromanagement is also a very hot issue in where I'm working. The operations manager of our center virtually has no clue on how to run a renal center, and it's so frustrating from the care manager down to the nurse assistants because very minor problems occur on a regular basis and management seems to not know what's actually happening.
I hope it doesn't come to a point that I will be in your position right now. I love dialysis, and my career goes with it.
- 5Apr 5, '12 by DookieMeisterRNWhat I hear being described here is not unique to dialysis nursing. These problems exist in every type of nursing except maybe private duty but then you have family members to deal with. There is no nursing specialty where you wont be "micro-managed". I'm trying to get INTO acute HD nursing from acute care bedside nursing to escape from the responsibility of being the maid, MD secretary, CNA, social worker, psychologist, referree, gourmet chef and nurse.
- 1Apr 22, '12 by loveu123Dialysis is not less physical and mental demanding. I work in a medsurg/telemetry with more complicated surgical patients and also pick PRN hours in our dialysis unit. Im always stressed out after working in our dialysis unit than I get stressed out on my regular unit. Dialysis has a lot of physical work especially with pushing machines and lifting acid and bicarb containers as well as moving or cleaning heavy patients(some of whom are amputated). It is also very mentally demanding due to the complications that can arise as well as the difficult personalities that our patients have. Dialysis is something that people either love or hate. i still love dialysis despite the craziness and that is why i still pick hours in our hospital unit ocassionally. Good luck and I hope you will like it.