Fresenius called me today... - page 2

and it was quite out of the blue. I had applied for a position with them several months ago, but there was a lot of travel involved and on-call hours on top of the full-time hours so I turned down an... Read More

  1. by   NurseRies
    Yes thanks ! That's very true. One of my favorite parts of my job is education. I meet dialysis patients that have been doing treatments 5 years, and when I explain some diet concerns or teach them about phosphorus, it is sometimes brand new material. Some people take an active role in their health and they want to know! But with my renal background, I feel I can teach them more detailed info. It's very rewarding in that sense.

    One of my favorite things to teach is no orange juice .. EVER! I often have to send a nurse or an aide away when they bring it for low blood sugar. That drink is loaded with enough potassium to make their serum potassium a 6! Then bam, stat dialysis! Orange juice is a huge no for renal patients. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten called in for potassium 6+ or even 7 on a patient that has been in the hospital for days. There's really no reason for an ESRD patient to have that kind of potassium other then diet. It may not be anyone's fault, maybe the grandson brought in a banana (or 3) and the patient didnt know better. Or maybe the nurse gave the patient orange juice 3 times yesterday for hypoglycemia. Seen them both happen! But hey, it's an honest mistake. I don't claim to know much about cardiac patients.. Just a different