Hope is NOT for the faint of heart - page 2

Like many on this board I went to RN school hoping to improve my life both personally and financially. Like many I have prior student loans that have gone into and out of default and I was... Read More

  1. by   WildcatFanRN
    Thanks Fran. I hope to make a very good impression.
  2. by   issalauren
    I'm sorry you have a difficult time finding a job. I went to the nursing program when I was 51 and graduated ADN at 53. That was 6 years ago. I started working right after I passed NCLEX at IMCU. I was so overwhelmed with the job, I was burnt out after 6 months. My son-in -law ( who is a nurse) suggested that I try dialysis nursing and I have been working in dialysis for 5 years now. There is a shortage of RN in dialysis. My first job was with Fresenius and my IMCU background helped me get the job however Davita will hire nurses with no experience and they will train you accordingly.I live in the suburbs of Houston, TX and I work with a clinic whose boss is over 2 clinics and I work in both clinics. The schedule is mind buggling, 16 hours a day, 3 x a week, wakes up at 330 AM and comes home at 930pm. But the financial freedom and security are well whorth the sacrifice. I work between 3 days to 5 days and I work other clinics that needs RN also. There are other clinics that have 12 hours shifts. You can go to Davita.com, carrer, enter your zip code and go from there. The pay is good. Good Luck.
  3. by   WildcatFanRN
    A Davita clinic just opened up in my town. I don't know about dialysis though yet. I'll give it a serious consideration though. I've had the opportunity to ask questions of the dialysis nurses who came to the floor when I work in the hosptial. Interesting field to say the least.
  4. by   issalauren
    Dialysis nursing is very fast paced. Once you step in the clinic, it is like a rolling stone that it is not stopping till the end of shift. It is either you love it or hate it. I like it, I still have nightmares thinking of my experience in IMCU. Your experience in dialysis depends if you have a good boss, the Facility Administrator. There are 2 main companies-fresenius and Davita. I worked for 4 years with Fresenius, I drove 36 miles to work bec I loved my boss. When she quit, I moved to Davita which is 20 miles fr home.My boss is wonderful and I like her. Fresenius has better benefit but they pay less. Davita pays more and they are almost everywhere that you can work overtime as you like unlike Fresenius where they are too far apart, you have to travel long ways to pick up some hours. The most important difference is that Davita trains new nurses while fresenius rarely does. Davita has a very intense training by the time you get off training, you have a good idea of what you are doing. Dialysis nursing is almost routine work, the pts are the same mwf and tts. The nurse is always on alert for changes in the pt's demeanor, most facilty has 12 pts, 1 charge nurse,1 LVN that takes care of 4 pts and 2 pt care technician that takes care care of 4 pts each. The charge nurse oversees the operation and take charge if one of your pt goes bad,takes and ensures doctor's order is followed, keep the 3 shifts running smoothly. The craziest part in dialysis is the turn around, where we are taking pts off fr the previous shift while the next shift pts are waiting. You have to help your teammates to facilate the shift change. All in all it is a good job that will give you financial security and if you do your job- you have no fear of being laid off. After a year of experience, youcan transfer to another company and can demand more pay. Good luck.