Not Sure What to Do...Fresenius Nurses? - page 2
by westieluv 7,125 Views | 17 Comments
I currently work for a large regional healthcare company as a float RN in their internal agency. I work on a contingent basis on various intermediate cardiac and med/surg units at a couple of different hospitals. I have only been... Read More
- 0Jun 2, '13 by calliouIm fairly new to dialysis at Fresenius, but I really like it so far! It changes daily, as to what patients you have or where you are going that day.... its a new adventure every time you walk in the door...
I like the strong education they offer before you are left on your own, and the company offers great benefits...
Good luck to you!
- 3Jun 2, '13 by westieluvI should update this thread: I did accept the position doing acutes for Fresenius. Two weeks in I love, love, LOVE it! ITA about the strong education, especially since in my last position (the float pool) I was given exactly four hours of orientation to each new facility and unit that I worked on! Compared to that, I feel like I'm back in college at Fresenius...
Anyway, thanks to all of you for your advice and encouragement. So many things in my career and my life make sense now, because I can look back now and see how they all, in some way, contributed to me getting this job and being prepared for it in various ways. Hospice prepared me for the psychological facets of dealing with renal patients and their families, since so many of them are really grieving in their own ways their loss of freedom and good health and being forced to stick to a regimen that they don't want and many times have a hard time accepting (much like a hospice patient with a terminal illness), and working in intermediate cardiac units has prepared me for the more technical aspects of the job, like what to do when a patient's BP drops precipitously or they develop an arrhythmia while on dialysis.
Thanks again! I am very proud to have joined the "renal nurses' club"...
- 1Jun 2, '13 by NurseRiesYay!! Very happy to hear this. As the Saying goes, you will either love it or hate it. I love it and I feel like I could do it for the long haul! I feel so blessed to have fallen into this specialty. I see the floor nurses and am reminded everyday of how lucky we are to have such a specialty.
I hope that your passion continues for the field. It sounds like you're in a positive work environment which makes it great. I also really have enjoyed meeting the dialysis nurses across the country. They are.. Well unique, and I love it! Often times workaholics and have very good attitudes. People with bad attitudes won't last. My other favorite part, besides the technical aspects and problem solving, is the long term relationships with patients. When the chronic dialysis patients are admitted to the hospital and see your face, they will be immediately relieved and happy to see you. It's a good feeling to feel appreciated by your patients. They already know they can trust you, you'll be on a first name basis with many. Wouldn't trade it for anything!
- 1May 30 by westieluvHonestly, it's been over a year and I barely remember the interview, much less the questions I was asked. Sorry, but I really don't remember. I do remember that it was fairly quick and easy, but they really needed to hire some acutes nurses and I had several years of nursing experience.
- 0Jul 4 by MizChelleRNI love that assessment. I don't know how accurate it truly is and I don't know if you're really allowed to view the results yourself (?) But I got to see mine and really agreed with the interpretation. It's quite extensive. When I prepared to move upward in the company, I got a chance to see mine and it offered my strengths, weaknesses and what to focus on for developing me. Be as honest as you can be and you'll benefit from it.