Just curious, but what company will you be working for? If it's one of the big three (FMC, Gambro, DaVita) check out their websites and ask around, particularly on this venue. Lots of nurses on here mainly from FMC and Gambro, I'm the only one I see posting from DaVita (I like them). If it's owned by an area physician or corporate group, just be careful and again, ask around.
As far as a typical day for me goes, it varies. I work full time in a local center and I travel to Atlanta one day a week to work in another center owned by the same company for the extra hours and travel pay (nice incentives there). In my home clinic, which is much smaller, I function as a charge nurse as well as clinical coordinator and I do initiate treatments in the morning as well as try to help out the other girls on the floor as I can, but I have other responsibilities as well - giving the medications, reviewing the flowsheets for completeness, chart audits and care planning, intervening when complications occur, and I function as our "vascular access manager" - and soon I will be taking on anemia management and preceptor responsibilities as well, just as soon as I complete the training required for those tasks. Sounds like a lot, and it is, but it isn't really as overwhelming as it sounds. We have hectic days and we have slow days, but in my experience, a bad day in HD is still better than a good day in the ED.
Wanna know why? Because the patients in my center are like an extended family. I know each of them, I know their concerns, I know their personalities, I care about what happens to every one of them (and I believe it shows), and I enjoy the interaction I have with them. We see them three days a week for 3-5 hours each day. We have professional relationships with them that go beyond anything you can have with a hospital patient. We occasionally schedule picnics and invite the patients to join us. We play bingo every friday with them. The most fullfilling thing, though, is the one simple fact that I am helping to provide them with a treatment that they absolutely, positively, cannot live without. I am taking part in something that not only extends their lives, but adds to the quality of each life. It is long-term, chronic care in a venue that is completely different from any nursing home, any doctor's office, any home health possibilities allow. Our patients don't just come in for their treatments - we're not just giving treatments and shoo-ing them out the door. We're all a family and we act like it. I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world.