Thank you. I appreciate more discussion about this field. It's really piqued my interest. I've been planning out a ton of CEs that would help prepare me for this (at face value). It seems so strange that they would hire someone with not that much experience (well 5 years total, almost 2.5 as a nurse, the rest as an RN assistant in an SNF, many years as a home health caregiver for less mobile adult/geriatric folks & developmentally disabled adults). I took care of TONS of ppl on dialysis at the hospital, and have spent a lot of time in clinics. I always found the dialysis nurses to seem really sophisticated. They looked and acted a little rough around the edges (in a good way), all of them had a super sharp wit, and they were all REALLY smart. I could tell they enjoyed their jobs. Looking back, I think I've always been crushing on that job. The only worry I have is... my tendency to worry. I have GAD. It doesn't get triggered in previous work environments unless I have to deal with Nurse bitterness (the mean type that just hates everybody and wants to pick everyone apart in person and rip them to shreds even harder through gossip- all my nursing friends agree, this is a type who probably is likely burned out or just unhappy). This type was pretty much non-existent on night shift. I find night shift, in general, to be starkly different than day shift in this way. My experience is that all the nurses I have encountered in dialysis seemed to have a passion for it. If I correlate nasty behavior with burnout, seems like dialysis is a less likely place for that to lurk.
It's funny. I can take a beating from a patient or a doctor, and an insane patient load, but I can't handle cruel nurses. They have no place in the profession, IMO, and dealing with them freaks me the -- out, BIGTIME.
I would hate to have panic attacks for a year while I adjusted for the role but it seems like this wouldn't happen.