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.
Apr 20, '03
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