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I am A new graduate who graduated in May of 2018. I was licensed by June 15, 2018 and I was offered a job to start in July 16th, 2018 at an outpatient dialysis center. It was my only job offer at the time so I decided to take it because I was not getting any hospital offers at the time. This job was also non contract so I thought I can take the job while working on my BSN and applying for different jobs and going on other interviews. I felt that any experience beats having no experience. I could start building a resume. The problem is that a lot of people, and even some Nursing Professors warned me and told me not to take a dialysis job because if I did then I would be doomed that no hospitals will ever want to hire me in the future. I feel that it is better to get any type of RN experience rather than sit around for months waiting for my Ideal job. I decided to give dialysis a chance and I needed to start working. I did not want to blow through savings waiting for my dream job. My other problem is that I am not into dialysis at all. I realize that I have not been working there for a very long time but believe me when I tell you that I have seen enough where I know that this specialty is not for me. While I am still learning and getting experience, I find hemodialysis to be very repetitive and I feel like I am not using a lot of med surg skills learned in school. I am not ready for something this specialized this early on in my career. I strongly prefer to see more of a variety of patients in a hospital/acute setting. Also starting at 5AM and not getting out until 9 o'clock at night is killing me. I realize that most Nursing jobs are long hours But the 16+ hour shifts are starting to getting in the way with my BSN studies.
Is this just a myth that once someone works in dialysis that they are stuck in it for their entire career? I don't believe that this myth is true because when I started working at my dialysis center, a nurse that had been working there for close to a year and had been offered a hospital position and resigned. I feel there is hope that I will get in a hospital in time but then again, her hospital offer was kidney related. She was offered a medsurg position for pre and post op on a kidney transplant unit. As grateful as I am to have a job and be working as an RN, I still feel terrified that I am going to restrict my career options. I know that things could be worse and I could have no job as many people that I graduated with back in May are still not working. Truthfully it is the same people without jobs who have never worked as an RN who I went to school with who are putting these ideas into my head. These are the people who would rather let months go by without a job or experience. They feel that it is better for them to work on their BSN's and then after that apply for their ideal job. They complain about being licensed and unemployed yet they are super picky about where they want to work. Hopefully those in this speciality or who previously worked in this specialty can give me better advice.
I agree that any experience is good experience. You can learn a lot in outpatient dialysis; things that will help you throughout your career. Only if you're willing to actually learn, though.
it sounds as though the ideal job for you would have been Med/Surg . . . something I've been advocating for years as the perfect first job. I don't think spending a year or more in the dialysis clinic is going to make you ineligible for hire into a Med/Surg or Renal unit. Every little bit of experience is experience you can use. You are learning -- or can be learning -- about medications and their various indications, side effects, doses, toxic effects and potential interactions with other drugs or other conditions. You're learning about lab values -- what's a normal potassium, what potassium is considered an emergency? What bath do you use for a patient with a K+ of 7 vs. a K+ of 2? Hopefully you're learning all about kidney function, and how the kidney works.
I'm suspicious of anyone with less than a couple of years experience telling me that they're bored with ANY job, or that they know for a fact that "this specialty isn't for me." Frankly, you don't really know enough yet to know what specialties will keep you interested and why. That's something you figure out over time.
Stay in your current job for a year. During that year, think about what you like and what you don't like about your current job. Then, when you're ready to move on, you'll have a far better idea of what to move on TO.