Hopefully there are los angeles nurses who are familiar with Joanne Pittards very expensive but reputable 4 month training at Glendale college.
If you have paid for your own training elsewhere to enter the field of dialysis versus getting on the job training, I would like to hear whether you thought it was worth it.
I have had bad experiences with preceptors in the three different areas of nursing I have tried. I also made the mistake of not getting a job in nursing when I was fresh out of school. I got my first job one year later. I need a good foundation in Dialysis because I do not have med. surg or ICU experience. I have 6 months of experience in hemodialysis and I received 2 weeks of lecture and 12weeks of training with a preceptor by a big dialysis company. However this was 1.5 years ago and I had a preceptor who was impatient and who just did not want to train me. Then the new manager who came in was a total witch and very unprofessional. She was fired 2 months after I left. This center has been through many managers.
I learned the machines through the dialysis technicians who were more willing to train me. I was able to perform the routine more slowly than others but I did not feel confident and I could not trouble shoot most of the time. I never missed a day though despite the hostile environment i worked in. I really want to get back in but the thought of going back to encounter all the criticism and lack of support has kept me away for a while. I have an easy job now making a decent amount but it is not going to help advance my career in nursing. Eventually I would like to do acute dialysis. Do you think these schools charging $5000 can really give someone entering the field a more solid foundation than they could get through the big corporations training nurses? Please let me know what you think and share your experiences. Do you think the training on the job is only suitable for nurses who already have a solid foundation in other areas of nursing such as med surg or ICU, or those really smart nurses who can thrive under pressure? I did very well in school but I cant seem to thrive under pressure on the job
. I have friends who I helped with studying in school who say they had great preceptors and now they are established and doing well. What do you honestly think?