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Newbie Dialysis RN

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So I've been offered position as a Dialysis nurse for Dialysis Clinic Inc. (DCI). I have some background experience in the ER, but not much with renal patients let alone dialysis. 

Any tips or advice for the novice dialysis nurse?

-Thx!

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rhyde has 40 years experience as a LPN and specializes in Nephrology/Dialysis.

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Welcome to DCI!!  You will be trained both clinically and didactically to perform dialysis and recognize issues, deal with lab values, create care plans and the like.  I have been in this field for almost 35 years and have stuck with it because I find that I use all my assessment skills.  You will get to the point that you can recognize when there is something wrong with your patient - you may not be able to pin point the problem, but know something isn't  right.  I have caught DVT's, pericardial friction rubs, and other issues.  I hope that you enjoy this field - it seems that you will either really like it or not like it at all!  You will use skills that you never knew you had! 

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On 10/23/2019 at 4:28 PM, rhyde said:

Welcome to DCI!!  You will be trained both clinically and didactically to perform dialysis and recognize issues, deal with lab values, create care plans and the like.  I have been in this field for almost 35 years and have stuck with it because I find that I use all my assessment skills.  You will get to the point that you can recognize when there is something wrong with your patient - you may not be able to pin point the problem, but know something isn't  right.  I have caught DVT's, pericardial friction rubs, and other issues.  I hope that you enjoy this field - it seems that you will either really like it or not like it at all!  You will use skills that you never knew you had! 

Thank you for responding and for your kind words! I am very much excited to begin training and learning how to do my role. Although I don't have an in depth knowledge of dialysis i have always been interested in this field. I'm hoping that it'll be something i come to love!

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