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First Nursing Job Dialysis Am I Stuck Forever

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My first job as a new grad was in a dialysis clinic. I recently started working at a hospital after nine years so there is hope. I will tell you that I am learning new skills at the hospital but I miss the structure of a dialysis clinic. It is hard to be responsible for so many systems- heart, lung, wound care etc. I now understand why the older nurses are ending their career in dialysis- I have to finish my contract out (I am in a residency program) but I imagine that I will go back to dialysis one day. The grass is always greener on the other side. 

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On 1/23/2019 at 12:17 PM, nurseontheway said:

 I now understand why the older nurses are ending their career in dialysis

Definitely the structure! And not lifting, pulling, turning, etc.  To me, the dialysis grass is greener!

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I am stuck and definitely did not decide to be.  I am desperate to do ANYTHING that is not dialysis.  I’ve been trying for years and no one will hire me.  

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I work on a med-surg unit. The beauty of med-surg is its diversity of patients and health issues. Every nurse comes with a unique background.  They all add an expertise to the unit.

For example, Mary worked in psych. She knows what to do when a Geri-psych patient freaks out because she thinks we are trying to steal her purse. John has a background in detox. He can spot a patient who is about to crash from the back of his head. Beth worked in long term care. I’m not sure there’s anything she can’t do!  

Likewise, med surg is going to have dialysis patients, patients with acute kidney injuries, kidney function impairment...as well as the comorbities that you see in dialysis, such as heart disease, mental health, and diabetes.  These are all valuable skills and all transferable. Don’t focus on “I am just a dialysis nurse.”  Focus on the totality of the environment, patients and skills you gain in dialysis.  

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