New graduate very interested in Dialysis nursing

  1. I am graduating in May 2003 adn I am very interested in dialysis nursing. Well, to tell u the truth why I am so interested in this is becuase I myself was on CAPD for 6 months before receiving my kidney transplant. I just seem to find this area of nursing interesting. I would really love to work with kids and dialysis,like maybe in a hospital or jsut working in a clinic would be great. I just wanted to know if they hire new graduates anywhere or do I have to have to be an RN before starting( having passed my boards?) Thanks.

    Christine

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  3. by   NursieRN
    I don't have an answer to your question, but I would like
    to welcome you to the boards. Welcome!!

    Also, regardless of when you get a dialysis position, I am sure
    you will have a tremendous amount to offer your patients. Since
    you have firsthand experience in this area, you can relate
    to your patients in an extra special way!!

    Good luck to you!
  4. by   jnette
    I think it would be wiser to wait until you palss boards, but this would also be a good time to do some scouting. Spend a few afternoons checking out the clinics in your area, talk to the clinic mgrs. and share your experiences. I'm sure most would be very interested in hiring you due to your own story and genuine interest.

    With boards coming up, it would be a tad too much to begin learning all this as well.. there's soooo much to learn ! Focus on boards for now and get them behind you before you start having to learn new and more material.

    But do a little footwork now, if you have extra time, and feel things out... go visit some places you'd be interested in.

    Again, I believe you'd be a wonderful asset to this field of nursing
    as well as to the patients ! The best to you, and follow your dream. Let us know how you make out and what you end up doing, ok?
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Once again, I agree with Jnette!

    I have been a nurse for ten years (LPN then RN) but am new to dialysis.

    I am being oriented by a new-grad LPN.

    She worked at our unit before taking her boards, but she had already been a tech there for two years prior.

    There is aWHOLE lot to learn on the hemo floor, and I would not recommend taking a job there until your boards are over. PD, however, is much less intensive, and that might be ok.
  6. by   babs_rn
    You are the PERFECT dialysis nurse already and you don't even know it!!! You have been there. You know what the patients are having to deal with and you know what they have to look forward to. With your transplant, you are a shining example of what they have to strive for and will be motivation for them to do what it takes to meet transplant criteria (when possible) for themselves. I actually would advise that you DO go straight into dialysis nursing if that's what you want to do, because lots of companies pay based on years of dialysis experience instead of years of nursing experience and nobody wants to drop back to entry - level pay after years in nursing. I'm not sure about the laws in your state, you may have to wait for your boards to function as an RN (they did away with GN status in GA a few years back) but you could possibly be hired as a PCT and then move on up as soon as you pass your boards (only takes 3 days to get results here in GA) but GO for it!! And godspeed!

    And by the way, DaVita, the company I work for, has centers in Delaware ( I recently transferred a patient of mine to one in Wilmington) and they have the BEST training/orientation program....ten weeks preceptorship including two weeks classroom theory training. They do NOT throw you to the wolves and, interestingly enough, the top patient advocate in the company is a former HD patient who has a successful transplant.
    Last edit by babs_rn on Apr 20, '03

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