I'm a nurse who has ESRD

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Hello everyone! Just want to say MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I have been a registered nurse for 3 years and have been on dialysis for 2 years. 

Anyways, I am planning to get evaluated for a kidney transplant. I just want to know if there are any nurses out there that are still working after a tranplant? If you are no longer working as a nurse then what other employment did you find? What has your experience been like. 

 

Thank you all for you answers. 

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

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Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Wow. I have no idea of what it’s like to be a nurse on dialysis, so I have no words of wisdom for you. I just wanted to say that you are one brave (and amazing!) person. I wish you the very best and hope you get your transplant soon. God bless you.

aimzq, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 5 years experience.
1 hour ago, VivaLasViejas said:

Wow. I have no idea of what it’s like to be a nurse on dialysis, so I have no words of wisdom for you. I just wanted to say that you are one brave (and amazing!) person. I wish you the very best and hope you get your transplant soon. God bless you.

Thank you so much and God Bless you as well. I don't work full time so that's a key to getting my treatments. It is difficult and there are days I don't want to work but its good for my mental well being. I can't sit around at home all day. 

Have a wonderful Christmas! :D

You are just as amazing and brave!

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

164 Articles; 21,189 Posts

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 31 years experience.

I'm a nephrology APRN. I worked with an RN in the level 1 ED for several years with an RN who was s/p deceased donor renal transplant. It is doable but of course the post-transplant immunosuppression might be an issue for you. 

 

However, that said, I wish you the best - maybe work in a nephrology practice? One of the nurses I currently work with was a donor for her sister 17 years ago - both are doing well. 

aimzq, BSN, RN

1 Article; 14 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 5 years experience.

Thank you so much. I will research more on what I can do. I was thinking of going into utilization nurse (did I get that right?). 

On 12/28/2021 at 11:56 AM, traumaRUs said:

I'm a nephrology APRN. I worked with an RN in the level 1 ED for several years with an RN who was s/p deceased donor renal transplant. It is doable but of course the post-transplant immunosuppression might be an issue for you. 

 

However, that said, I wish you the best - maybe work in a nephrology practice? One of the nurses I currently work with was a donor for her sister 17 years ago - both are doing well.