My name is Darcy. I am RN certified in Medical Surgical Nursing cardiac telemetry. I am looking to change my career in nursing to dialysis. I just inquired for a position on the off shift 10:30am to 8:30pm. I knowa little about dialysis, in my career I have taken care of renal patients both in LTC and hospital.
I took a $9.00 pay cut as well, going from 29hr to 20-21hr, but there are good benefits and it is closer to my home. I always wanted to do dialysis, but was not going to get up at 4am and work 5:30am to 3pm. I am not an early bird. I can do 10:30a better.
When I saw the opportunity advertised for off shift I jumped on it. Of course I was floored by the pay scale. All the responsibility nurses have and some of us have BS a 4 year college degree and we are subject to wages like this. I am 40 years old and I just read in the paper where the IRS is training people in a new training program. The pay scale is between $17-20 an hour high school diploma required, so a nurse with a four year college degree making 20-21hr in dialysis what a person with no degree can make in this IRS program. Now, I realize it may not be like that with all jobs that do not require a degree, but I have seen CNA's make $11hr, and LPN's make $2 dollars less than RN's and we work three time as hard. I feel like I can say this because I started on the bottom, CNA, LPN and RN. I know exactly what goes on. I have no clue what Patient Care techs make that would be interesting to me.
I was the Unit Team Leader on a busy MS acute medicine (and every one was sick, very sick)unit 40 beds and 8 telemetry. As RN I did everything including patient care. I worked for the government Veteran's hospital. LPN's could not do IV punctures, admissions or discharges, so we had that with everything else. Well, some days I felt like I was the one doing all the work. It was not their fault it was the system.
However, I am trying not to let the pay scale in dialysis influence me otherwise. I really want this training and opportunity to work in dialysis. I walked through the unit the other day and was quiet impressed. I see the dialysis RN has much responsiblity.
I bought a book on amazon
.com called "Dialysis Therapy" hope it comes before I start my position. I really would like to read some before launching into a new relm of nursing, but oh well, there training program is 3 months long so they say. We will see. I should get pretty much familiar with the system if it is three months long.
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Thanks for listening!