Starting out Per Diem

  1. I have zero experience in dialysis, but was wondering is it possible to start out as an RN in acute or chronic dialysis on a per diem basis. If so, which would be the better choice acute or chronic.
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    Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 11; Likes: 1
    Correctional Healthcare
    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in ICU, Burn, Prison

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  3. by   Tish88
    In my opinion, you would need to have experience in dialysis before becoming a per diem staff member.
    In order to feel comfortable with dialysis, you are looking at 6 months to 1 year of full time working in dialysis.
    I don't think anyone would hire you per diem without any experience.
  4. by   Eric1233
    I agree, maybe I can get a part time position perhaps? The problem is the training!! Most companies will not want to spend much on training for a per diem nurse. I want to work about 1-2 shifts per week, maybe more. I work full time as an Nurse Educator in a correctional facility M-F 7am-3pm. I have always been interested in dialysis. The prison I work at has a 25 bed dialysis unit. I might try to get some training there, but they only use registry. There is talk of making it availble to state employees. Any other ideas would be welcomed. I could just go back to tele or step down nursing, but thought dialysis would be interesting and specialized. Thanks for the reply.
  5. by   Tish88
    Most companies want you to be full time to receive training since it is so extensive and it takes so long to train.
  6. by   Valerie Salva
    Quote from Tish88
    Most companies want you to be full time to receive training since it is so extensive and it takes so long to train.
    I agree.
  7. by   Eric1233
    Quote from Valerie Salva
    I agree.
    I figured as much, thank you for the heads up. I have not spoken to any of the companies in my area. There are quite a few jobs openings listed for acute and chronic (granted for full time). If there are any RN who did start out PT or Per Diem, please respond. I would like to hear about your experiences.

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