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  1. Davita dialysis nurse
    Wise words here! Every nursing job has its negatives, that's just the reality of working in healthcare in 2014 where people are getting sicker and money is getting tighter. Most nurses, regardless...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  2. difficulty in getting dialysis nurse job
    Well, my experience in acutes was that if the patient started to crash, sure, you take them off and the hospital staff takes over, but then everyone, including the doctors sometimes, question whether...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  3. Dialysis Start Time
    In our clinic we don't have to be there until 5:30, and the patients start rolling in at 5:45. I get up at 3:15 on the days that I work. I usually go to bed around 9:00. I don't get eight hours of...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  4. difficulty in getting dialysis nurse job
    That wasn't my experience. I originally applied for a home dialysis RN position with Fresenius and they called me within 24 hours. I didn't end up taking that position because it was going to involve...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  5. difficulty in getting dialysis nurse job
    I also started out in acutes with no dialysis experience. I found the opposite to be true; in acutes, there may be other people around, as in the floor nurses at the hospital where you are working,...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  6. difficulty in getting dialysis nurse job
    I think acutes would be easier to get into. I know it is in my area because there is a huge turnover, due to the erratic hours and on call requirement. It is like a revolving door around here; they...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  7. difficulty in getting dialysis nurse job
    Do you have any other experience besides being an IV nurse? I work for Fresenius, and I know that they like for you to have some floor experience, especially critical care.
    Mar 30
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  8. Good Resource for Learning Adequacy Measurements?
    I didn't get the course because I was hired for acutes where we don't use adequacy measures. I have asked a couple of times if I can take it, but because we're so short handed, the idea seems to be...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  9. Good Resource for Learning Adequacy Measurements?
    Thank you so much! These are very helpful.
    Mar 19
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  10. Good Resource for Learning Adequacy Measurements?
    I recently made the transition from acutes to chronics with one of the "Big Two" HD companies. While I am much happier in chronics, I am still not entirely "getting" the whole Kt/V, ekrdt/V (I...
    Mar 18
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  11. Is turning the utrafiltration off ok?
    That makes perfect sense. How can we pull off potassium, urea, etc. if it has no medium in which to travel? it seems like it would just pass through the dialyzer with the other blood components.
    Feb 19
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  12. Is turning the utrafiltration off ok?
    I am fairly new to dialysis (9 months now), but at our clinic, as well as in our acutes department, we are never to turn the UF completely off. The minimum we can go is 300 ml/hr. and if that is not...
    Feb 19
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  13. "Essential Personnel"
    As a dialysis nurse who must go to work no matter what, I have been wondering just how many dialysis nurses and techs were sitting in that quagmire traffic on those expressways in Atlanta, Charlotte,...
    Feb 13
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  14. Davita dialysis nurse
    Okay, so I work for the other of the "Big Two" companies and as such don't know really anything about working for Davita, much less their starting salary in the Las Vegas area, but I do know about...
    Feb 12
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  15. When to Give Epogen and Hectorol?
    The more Epo you use the more the clinic gets paid? Really? That's pretty tacky! I know we give a lot, normally 3 doses a week for each of our chronic patients, and we have to treat it like liquid...
    Feb 8
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  16. When to Give Epogen and Hectorol?
    Thanks for both of your replies. Apparently, I was told the wrong information by my preceptor in acutes, because he said to always give the Epogen during the last 10 minutes of the tx. That may be...
    Feb 8
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  17. I'm so confused
    Peritoneal dialysis? What is Peritoneal Dialysis? – How it Works - Fresenius Medical Care It is done by the patient in their home with support from a dialysis company such as Fresenius or...
    Feb 7
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  18. When to Give Epogen and Hectorol?
    When I worked in acutes, I was told to always give these meds at the very end of the treatment so that they don't get dialyzed out, but now that I work in chronics, I've noticed that the other nurses...
    Feb 6
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  19. "Essential Personnel"
    Do you live somewhere that has been having the winter from #%*# like some of the rest of us? I can totally understand where the OP is coming from on this, because we have mounds of snow on both sides...
    Feb 6
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  20. Why do you love Dialysis?
    I have been an RN for over twenty years and I have finally found my forever home in chronic dialysis! I have been a floor nurse in Med/Surg and ICU, an LTC nurse, and a hospice nurse at varying times...
    Jan 31
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  21. Open visitation during acute dialysis
    I've had to ask a couple of family members to please wait outside of the ICU when they began making ignorant comments about dialysis that were distressing to the patient. "Eww...all his blood is in...
    Jan 21
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  22. Feeling Guilty After Calling in Sick...
    If you have pneumonia then you've obviously been to a doctor, so I would ask the doctor to give you something confirming that you have pneumonia and should not be around a patient population. The...
    Jan 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. New to Dialysis - What's the deal?
    I agree with all of what NurseRies said. I am learning a lot just transitioning from acutes to chronics, and I already know dialysis pretty well from working in acutes. If I was brand new to dialysis...
    Jan 12
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  24. When Hospitalists Attack
    Had to comment, that was a great thing for her to say in front of the patient, that "we haven't done anything for her" comment, especially since she didn't bother to check what had actually been...
    Jan 12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. New to Dialysis - What's the deal?
    It sounds to me like it's not a problem with the company that you work for but rather with the people that you work with. It sounds like you landed in a bad clinic as far as not having nice, helpful...
    Jan 12
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology


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