Be a renal nurse and not work a day in your life - page 2

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"I've never been this happy." As said by a patient given love and care by his dialysis nurse. a phrase that will tickle any ear specially if heard from a man, a father, very weak, on hemodialysis for 2 years but knows he may die... Read More


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    I remember when a newspaper in my area came out with an article talking about how dialysis clinics were a death trap and the mortality rates were terrible, etc. We had a patient that wrote in a response article. He was a retired pastor and business owner, he wrote in, "my nurses are some of the most caring people I have encountered in my 83 years of living." He raved about our clinic and the staff and felt shamed that the clinic and any clinic could be given a bad reputation. It got published in the newspaper the next week.

    I remember a patient, who was given 1 year to live. I met her 5 years later, she had both legs amputated, several fingers, and a prosthetic eye, among the problems you could see.. She came to the clinic every treatment in a stretcher wearing her Sunday best and big, Hollywood style sunglasses. She was so happy to come see everyone. She was there when I became a new nurse, there when I got engaged, she remembered my birthday, and I remembered hers. I remember one day after i hooked her up, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and made me promise I would go to her funeral. I think she knew it would be soon. When I heard she passed, I cried. Of course, I went to her funeral. I met her mother and family, they knew my name. When I got engaged, I can't even tell you how much love I felt from my 52 patients. These patients were my other family. I even grew fond of the cranky ones. I have loved dialysis from the moment I started. People tell me that I'm limiting my career, but I honestly can't imagine doing anything else. There are tons of possibilities from renal nurses, and many of them involve normal hours! We are a blessed group of nurses. I know I am blessed...
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    Quote from NurseRies
    I remember when a newspaper in my area came out with an article talking about how dialysis clinics were a death trap and the mortality rates were terrible, etc. We had a patient that wrote in a response article. He was a retired pastor and business owner, he wrote in, "my nurses are some of the most caring people I have encountered in my 83 years of living." He raved about our clinic and the staff and felt shamed that the clinic and any clinic could be given a bad reputation. It got published in the newspaper the next week.

    I remember a patient, who was given 1 year to live. I met her 5 years later, she had both legs amputated, several fingers, and a prosthetic eye, among the problems you could see.. She came to the clinic every treatment in a stretcher wearing her Sunday best and big, Hollywood style sunglasses. She was so happy to come see everyone. She was there when I became a new nurse, there when I got engaged, she remembered my birthday, and I remembered hers. I remember one day after i hooked her up, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and made me promise I would go to her funeral. I think she knew it would be soon. When I heard she passed, I cried. Of course, I went to her funeral. I met her mother and family, they knew my name. When I got engaged, I can't even tell you how much love I felt from my 52 patients. These patients were my other family. I even grew fond of the cranky ones. I have loved dialysis from the moment I started. People tell me that I'm limiting my career, but I honestly can't imagine doing anything else. There are tons of possibilities from renal nurses, and many of them involve normal hours! We are a blessed group of nurses. I know I am blessed...
    Thank you for now i have your story to tell myself that there are people like me too. loving and being loved at a job we see as a vocation, a calling. something that gives us happiness too.

    soon, im going to be with my fiance in another country and the idea of quitting my job due to that is already breaking my heart. im leaving my unit end of this year with a hope in my heart that i would be in the dialysis too at his country.

    your story got me teary. yes, its true that not only do patients find friends in us but us finding a family in them. kudos to renal nurse, to us!!
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    Fresenius is an international company! I have met many nurses who have done dialysis all over the world. I hope you can find an equally fulfilling job.
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    I am not yet a nurse so I don't know the ins and outs of the specialties, but I always thought dialysis and renal nursing were fascinating. The story made me tear up. Thank you.
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    2 years as a hemo RN and have been a PD RN for 4 months. I get tired of ER, L&D, med-surg, etc., RNs thinking that either is EASY. I have been told that hemo is nothing since you just stick 2 needles in them and let them run for a few hours. BULL! These pt's literally put their lives in our hands daily . . . when you are pumping blood at 500mL/min and a needle "pops out", watch how fast they can bleed out. Amazing how a pt's bp can go from normotensive and 15" later they are in a hypotensive crisis. Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I get tired of people thinking renal nurses just deal with pee!!!
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    Quote from ldyjstce
    2 years as a hemo RN and have been a PD RN for 4 months. I get tired of ER, L&D, med-surg, etc., RNs thinking that either is EASY. I have been told that hemo is nothing since you just stick 2 needles in them and let them run for a few hours. BULL! These pt's literally put their lives in our hands daily . . . when you are pumping blood at 500mL/min and a needle "pops out", watch how fast they can bleed out. Amazing how a pt's bp can go from normotensive and 15" later they are in a hypotensive crisis. Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I get tired of people thinking renal nurses just deal with pee!!!

    ....TRUE!! and the magic of a hypotensive unresponsive patient like going on a shock goes right back after blood return like "WHAT THE "H" HAPPEND? LOL
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    I have been a renal nurse for my entire career. I would never move to another specialty. I work in transplant now but it is still an area that I love. One of my pts told me that he thinks the best nurses are all renal nurses. I know renal gets frowned on because our pts can be challenging, but given what some of them have been through, I'd be a challenging pt too!
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    While I have only been in dialysis for a little over a year, I did the first 9 years of my nursing journey in SNF/LTC. I absolutely love working in renal medicine!!! While the patients can be challenging...I think I have truly found where I see myself working for along time.


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