Hello! I'm an RN with a year's experience in Med Surg. I just applied for a job as a dialysis nurse. I was under the impression that the position was for the chronic clinic, however, it is for acute care. The manager assurred me that I would recieve adequate training in the chronic clinic before going into the hospitals. I was curious if it is common for a new dialysis nurse to work in the acute setting. I am comfortable with medical and surgical patients in the hospital, it's the dialysis process that intimidates me. Any input would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
Dec 17, '05
You will do just fine. When I started doing dialysis 15 years ago, I went straight to doing acutes. I was trained in the acute setting 1 on 1 with a preceptor. I had 1 month of orientation and then I was taking call.
One thing to do is read as much as you can about dialysis and renal failure. There are a lot of websites with some great information. Attend as many conferences as you can also.
I can remember my preceptor telling me that you will start feeling comfortable in 6 months and by 1 year, you will understand why you do certain things and understand the whole process. I believe that is true. I still do a lot of research and reading on acute renal failure and new treatments available. There are always changes being made.
I love doing acutes!!