I am a dialysis nurse and I found that I took about 3 months to feel that I knew the job. It took me about 2 years to feel I knew that answers to any problems/situations that occured. I have worked in an renal ward, transplant unit, acute haemodialysis unit and now work in a satellite unit. All have their good/bad points, however an acute unit is generally busier and staff have less time to explain things.
I found many staff felt that a good dialysis nurse is one who can put needles in quickly, the quicker the better.
Many dialysis nurses have not worked in an renal ward or in transplant units and have a lack of knowledge of renal conditions and treatment medications.
Sometimes the emphasis seems to be "get em in, get em on, get em out" without seeing the individual patient.
The renal web site I use most is http://www.renalweb.com/index.html
has a range of texts that I found useful
has a range of drug dosage adjustments for renal patients
This is the journal of renal nutrition, very helpful.
This is a rehabilitation site for renal patients, I have found some very good information here.
A patient/staff education site
A drug companty web site, but very good.
I have been in dialysis for 4 years and I love it.