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  1. Tfunke25

    Can't stand dialysis

    Thanks everyone for your comments and words of encouragement. I left dialysis a year ago and couldn't be happier. I worked at a pediatrics clinic and now work family planning. dialysis was definitely not for me, but the great thing about nursing is that there are a plenty of specialties and areas to work in and find what you like.
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    Can't stand dialysis

    Merlee, I'm working chronic dialysis. Thanks everyone for the comments. The thing that worries me is that this is really affecting everythign else in my life. I can't enjoy my weekends b/c I know I just have to go back there on Monday. Like I said before, I go in there thinking today I'm going to find something about this job that I like,but I end up disliking it more. I literally almost threw up the other day b/c I was feeling so trapped and unhappy there. On the other hand, hearing from other people that it takes a while to get the hang of dialysis kinda gives me hope, but I'm not sure. I'm basically a tech that gets to give meds. The enviroment just feels toxic- the techs are pretty much in charge, are disrespectul to the RN and the FA is constantly talking about other employees in front of other employees which I find very unprofessional and makes me feel uncomfortble talking to her b/c I know she will blab about it to other people. I can understand that staff is not always going to get along, but here I feel like the specialty and the staff are just not clicking for me. I will look for another job and try to stay here for as long as I can, but like Chisca said I don't want it to get to the point of getting burnt out with nursing before I really even get started. Again, thanks everyone for the advice and comments. They really do help.
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    Can't stand dialysis

    Guttercat, I think it's dialysis itself that I don't like. The patients are ok sometimes and so are my coworkers, but even if they were perfect I would still be unhappy there. I've heard that sometimes it depends on your unit, which I think has a lot to do with it, but I would not consider moving to another one. I just don't think dialysis is right for me, but I don't want to leave after only 2 months especially since I don't have any other nursing experience and it will be hard for me to find a job. I really don't know what to do.
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    Can't stand dialysis

    Thank you! I know its good to get experience, but wow! I really will try to hold out, but I don't know how much more I can take it. Everyday I do in telling myself that I will find something I like about this job, but end up hating it more. I have never felt this way about a job before. Maybe b/c its my first nursing job, I dunno. How are you liking RN school?
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    Passed NCLEX-PN

    I took the nclex 2 weeks ago, 85 questions, a lot of them SATA. I really thought I had failed it because I'm normally not good at this type of thing. I went home, got the good pop-up with PVT and paid for early results on Monday morning. I honestly think the only reason I passed was because of the Kaplan qbank and Kim's self review. I purchased it a week before my exam b/c I was really feeling like Saunders was not doing it for me so all I did the week before was qbank and looked over Kim's Self Review. I am not kidding when I say that one of the questions on my exam was just a reworded one from one of my qbanks. As soon as I saw it I thought "holy crap, this is from kaplan!" Even the options were similar. I'm not saying that you will see questions from kaplan on the nclex, but I really feel like it is the closest thing to the actual exam. Other questions about signs and symptoms I knew from looking over Kim's review. I think hers is really the best kind of cram review b/c even though it covers alot, it's not overwhelming in a way that makes you feel like you're never going to remember all of it. During my exam I kept thinking I remember seeing this on the review, so it did help me a lot The most important thing is to find something that works for you. Like I said,Saunders was really not helping me b/c I felt like it was not preparing as far as strategies. Kaplan was expensive, at least for me and I got the cheapest one ($129), but it was sooooo worth it. =0)
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    Can't stand dialysis

    I've only been at this job for 2 months and I am sooooo unhappy. I feel sick just thinking about going to work because of how much I hate it. I don't like the environment, the team and most of the patients. Everything about this makes me miserable, but I feel bad leaving after such a short time. I keep telling myself to hold out until the end of the year, but it has taken everything I have just to make it through this week! I need help. What should I do?
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    DaVita Interview

    Just wanted to let you guys know I got the job and started last week. Right now I'm getting to know the machine and doing bookwork so not much excitement going on. Thank you for all the tips!
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    DaVita Interview

    there was one other LPN. She said once I become an LPN I would pass med which arent a lot. She pretty much described what you told me. They have 16 stations and each team member is assigned 4. She also said the training is 10 wks long which was fine with me b/c I want to make sure I know what I'm doing. Like I said, the team atmosphere really stood out for me. As soon as I came, one of the tech greeted me and some others ones did as well while I was waiting. What I got from the interview was they don't want anyone working there who has a bad attitude and can't get along with the team.
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    DaVita Interview

    I think it went well. The interviewer told me alot about the position which would be as a PCT until I get my license. The facility was nice and the team seemed to really get along. They're doing interviews until monday and hope to call people back for the second phase by Friday. I hope I hear back b/c it really seemed like something I would enjoy doing!
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    DaVita Interview

    Sounds like a full day. Do work 3 or 4 days a week? I know I have a lot more questions, but right now I can't think of any b/c I'm nervous about my interview. I have interviews! Anyway, I'm sure I'll have more depending on how my interview goes. Thanks again!
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    DaVita Interview

    Thank you so much for the quick response and the tips! I have a couple of questions: -Since I dont have my license, is it likely that I will start out as a PCT? Did you enjoy being a PCT before you were and LPN? -As far as the role of the LPN goes, I can't find anything online or even the DaVita website that explains the role or responsibilities of the LPN. You said I would understand more if I get hired, but I would like to know a bit about what your day is like. - You don't have to answer this one, but do you like your job? I know dialysis won't be easy, but I want to know what after all my training is done I'm not gonna be miserable at my job. I guess everyplace has its downside, but overall I want to enjoy what I do. Again, thank you so much for the help!
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    DaVita Interview

    I'm a recent LPN grad and haven't taken my boards yet(Im still waiting to be cleared for a test day). I have an interview with Davita on Friday and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me anything I can expect during the process. This is my first interview since graduating and I don't have any other nursing background so any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated. =0)
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    Manatee Tech Class of 2012

    I hope you get in! We're just about to start level I and it is going to be a lot of work. We have a test or a quiz almost everyday. It is going to be a lot of reading/studying, but it will be worth it.
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    Manatee Tech Class of 2012

    Is anybody else starting the July LPN program at manatee tech? I got my acceptance letter last week and can't wait to start. Orientation is July 6th and was wanting to know if anybody else is going.:)
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    MTI LPN Program

    Is it too late to apply to the july manatee tech. lpn program? I attended an info session in March, but didn't think I would be able to start in July, but I have just found out i will be able to do it. Does any one know for sure of the deadline dates? I have May 5, but then I also heard May 1st in which case I'm not quite sure I can make the cutoff. I already have a bachelors and ordered my official transcripts to turn in. If anyone has any info, I would really appreciate it.
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