Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
I'm a seasoned RN, but am new to dialysis. I work at a Fresenius unit. One of my best friends works for Gambro in AZ. She was sent to San Diego for training. Her unit is pretty calm and smooth running. Mine is noisy, very chaotic.
I had 6 weeks on the job orientation/training. Sounds like a long time, but dialysis is so different from others kinds of nursing, a long training period is needed.
I started at $21./hr, she started at $18./hr. You will probably start higher because of your geographical area.
I've gotten emails from Gambro recriuting RNs to work in AZ. They pay relocation and sign on bonuses for some locations.
If you work MWF or Tu Th Sa you will have the same group of pts, so you'll get to know them well.
There is a need for dialysis nurses. Rewarding? That depends on how well your unit is managed. I had the shift from hell today.
I had 6 months of hell working for an innovative dialysis clinic here in California. Yes, you are right about saying that it depends on the managers. The nurse manager that I worked for did not perform her job well. She really sucks as a nurse manager and should have fired herself.
Nursing is a tough business and working in a dialysis clinic is no cake walk. Ya have to work with technicians who think they know all the answers while they work under your license. You are ultimately responsible for the outcome of all patient care. You'll work with some awesome techs who really know their jobs and then there's the techs who will make life hell.
I complained to the nurse manager about a particular tech who was performing clinical actions without my consent. I made the manager aware and she did nothing about it. I saved this company from a lawsuit..Patients could have died..Ultimately, I was the one who was terminated..as the nurse manager blamed me for techs leaving the company. I was the scapegoat when in fact it was the result of her not doing her job.
When interviewing for such positions you MUST ASK a lot of questions. Make sure you understand the consequences of taking on the team leader position in the dialysis clinic. Make sure the nurse manager is sincere with regard to the way she answers your questions. Honestly, during my initial interview I felt that she was not being completely honest with me. But, at the time, I was desperate to find a job immediately and she wanted to hire me immediately. She was just as desperate as me..DONT BE DESPERATE! Take you time and find the right job. Ask why there is an opening. Is there a high turnover? Chances are if there is..its cuz the management sucks..Best to move on. I later learned that she has a history of firing people and or the nurses left before they were fired. This clinic had gone through 5 nurse in 4 years for the same MWF shift.