Offered a job in a hospital

  1. Hello everyone,

    First off, I am new to allnurses and excited to be here! I also graduate this May from nursing school and have been offered a couple jobs at my local hospital. Among the jobs offered is a renal/urology floor. In my clinical rotation in the ICU one of the best patients I took care of had ESRD and I learned a bunch! What excited me the most was how well I learned the information about his illness. I am leaning more towards working on this floor for that reason.

    Here are my questions. I have read what was posted and feel I fit the profile of a dialysis/renal/urology nurse. What would you say are the most important aspects of a nurses personality and work ethic that best serve her on a renal floor? And secondly, what does a typical day entail on a hospital floor? Please be as honest as you can since I am basing 4 years of my life on a decision to be made with 2 interviews. I greatly appreciate the advice of expert nurses in this field of study.

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  3. by   l.rae
    jacel, welcome to allnurses, l cant help you with the dialysis ?'s but wanted to let you know we are neighbors...where did you go to school? l graduated from MU, l live outside of Cinci, north in the West Chester vicinity, l work in Dayton and love it. take care, LR
  4. by   jnette
    Hello Jacel ! And welcome.

    As I have never worked Renal/Dialysis in a hospital or acute setting, I, too, would not be able to answer some of your questions. I could only speak for working in a dialysis CLINIC.

    However... as to your questions re "profile and work ethic" on a renal floor, I believe you already have the answer. You are EXCITED about what you have learned there... something "clicked"... you want to know MORE... you are INTERESTED in the field. Your interest and excitement sounds genuine, so I believe you would do well there. It is the same for nurses in ANY chosen field.. there is a spark.

    There IS much to learn about renal issues, labs, nutrition, etc. You must also be aware and understanding of the patient's difficulty adapting to his/her situation as well as noncompliance with the regimen. This takes much patience and perspective. You must be able to work WITH the patient and find ways to motivate the patient to meet goals without being condescending, if you understand what I mean.

    I'm sure there are others here who could answer more specifically
    and addresse your questions re the hospital end.

    The best to you !
  5. by   JacelRN
    Thanks so much LR and Jnette,

    I appreciate the welcome! As for what you wrote Jnette, I believe you hit the nail on the head. In college they place you in different clinical settings, and some "spark" and some do not. There were on a few select that did that for me. So my gutt tells me I should follow this path wherever it leads for better or worse. (Hoping for the Best!)

    Thanks again for the advice and support.