I switched to dialysis nursing a little over a year ago after 25 years in a SNF. I left a job I truly thought I would retire from so the idea of such a drastic change was a little traumatic for me but I took a leap and am glad I did.
I don't work for Davita so I can't offer insight there, I work for the other big company in dialysis. I was impressed with their extensive training, in my experience they do support new nurses and new to dialysis nurses. I never felt pushed to proceed at a faster pace than I was comfortable with. By the time I was able to practice without supervision I felt reasonably comfortable doing so.
I still have plenty of times I run into questions I just don't know the answer to and help is always available. If my manager isn't around that day I know I can always reach out to another clinic so an answer is always just a phone call away. I've found it to be an overall pretty supportive work environment.
I've worked in two clinics after transferring to one closer to my home. Both clinics I have experience in have good teamwork and equally if not more important good clinic managers. I realize that may not be the case everywhere, maybe I've been lucky in that regard.
A big pro for me in deciding on dialysis when I made a career move is the schedule. The clinic opens in the morning and closes at end of day. No more mandated overtime when the next shift calls in! My clinic is strictly days though, I do know there are clinics out there in bigger cities that operate 24 hours, even a few that are nights only.
Also no Sunday's as we are closed with the rare exception of adjusting schedules for Holidays, at this point the only Holiday's we close for are Christmas and New Years so the schedule will adjust then. Thanksgiving is an optional closure, the clinic I worked for was open Thanksgiving last year but the clinic I am at now has always closed that day. Though the staff I am always scheduled with is willing to work that day so we may talk our manager into running that day. Too soon to make that decision yet.
I don't know if it's the case everywhere but our district does do block scheduling which I love. So easy to plan around a set schedule! We do a week on week off rotation. My particular schedule is 4 days on, 1 off then 2 on followed by a full week off. This also means taking a week off gets me 3 weeks off so extended travel is real possibility again!
The typical day is between 10 and 11 hours in my current small clinic but I was usually working 11 to 12 hours at the bigger clinic I transferred from so it's not based on a 40 hour week.