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Peritoneal dialysis, no orientation, night shift

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by ImmaRNnow ImmaRNnow (New Member) New Member

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I've been assigned a floor that has patients on PD but I've never been oriented to this treatment. The evening supervisor said that the night shift supervisor will teach me how to do it. I'm the only RN on this floor. I'm thinking of filling out an POA. Is that a good idea? 

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10GaugeNeedles has 11 years experience as a BSN and works as a Acute Dialysis.

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I bet your pt could tell you what to do. I’m not kidding. They do this stuff every day and I bet they’d be more than happy to help you. There’s great tutorials online. When I was bedside, that’s how I did it, online tutorials. Just remember to always be SUPER sterile with that abdominal catheter. 

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Twinmom06 works as a RN.

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Technically, if the hospital is contracted to do PD, a PD nurse should be coming in to set them up\disconnect them.  If the hospital is not contracted, then the patients all the work themselves.

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nossawja has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Home Dialysis.

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Put the patient to work.  They were trained to do the treatment.  If they aren't able to do it, insist on proper education.  It's not hard to learn, but sterile technique is vital. 

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