Hi, new here, still in school, I'll graduate in '12 though. I work as a Nurse Tech (sometimes called a Nurse Extern in other facilities) on a nephrology floor in a large hospital. Our unit is small, 20 or so beds, and we get a lot of transplants and/or noncompliant home/outpatient dialysis patients who need "correction". Since we're a transplant floor, all our rooms are single occupant isolation rooms which means that we also get a lot of ID patients. We do really well with everything though, everyone is super careful, rigorous with PPE and so on. It's actually a great floor, low drama, high professionalism, etc.
We do CAPD at the bedside and it's been a great experience for me, my question is how nephrology nursing translates; that is, are there opportunities here? It appears to be MedSurg nursing with a renal emphasis, is this an area where I can carve out a niche? Can I expect this to be an opportunity to develop a skill set which I can take to other prospective employers (should I need to)? Does it offer any likelihood of moving into dialysis nursing?
Thanks for your time and kind consideration of questions from a noob.