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idialyze BSN, RN

Dialysis

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  1. idialyze

    Shoes??

    I swear by my 3 pairs of Danskos and my compression knee socks . I had always worn New Balance or Sketchers in the past, but I changed jobs to a position where I was on my feet 14 hrs a day, and my feet were killing me all day. I could not find any shoes that were comfortable any more, and to add insult to injury, I caught a shoelace around the brake of a dialysis chair wheel and fell on my rear during turnover one day! I bought my first pair of Danskos after that, and worked a 14 hr shift the first day I wore them with NO foot pain. Haven’t worn any other shoes to work since then.
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    Should I try LTC?

    I may be biased, but I have done dialysis for 27 years. It is a field where people love or hate it, but I was so burned out after 12 years of working in cardiology at hospital , I didn’t even want to be a nurse anymore. But I needed a job, so I tried Outpatient Dialysis and fell in love with it and the patients. Yes, it’s a hard technical job to learn, but for me it’s all about the patients. We take care of them for 3-4 hours a day 3 times a week. We may be the I only social interaction they ever get. We get to know them and their issues very well. Yes, there are difficult patients as well, and we learn to deal with them, and even win them over sometimes. My suggestion would be to try to shadow someone for a couple days. I won’t mention names but try to stay away from the “Big Two” companies, try to find a not-for- profit clinic group, or a privately owned clinic. Try it, you may fall in love with dialysis too! I would be happy to answer any question you may think of.
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    Does anyone still wear white shoes?

    Been rocking Dansko's for over a year now, one pair is multi-colored in a snakeskin pattern, the other pair is an antique bronze, never going back to sneakers, though I still have a pair of Fubu sneaks that are hot pink and black patent leather that I wear every now and then. No more white shoes for this old girl í ½í¸‚
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    Communication Discrimination

    I'm not sure if this fits your criteria, but I have worked with a certain Dr for most of the last 15 years. He apparently thinks every one of his patients are hard of hearing, because he practically yells at them when talking. It drives me completely bonkers!!
  5. So who is going to rescue you when you're Mom's gone? You have to decide for yourself how you want your own life to be. Trust me, there is no future for you if you constantly quit everything that may be a little difficult. Nursing school is hard, life is hard sometimes too. By the time I was 19, I was married, a full time nursing student and worked as a Nursing Technician 24 hrs a week. I just knew there was always something better out there that I deserved, but realized that I had to work to get it. Nothing is free in this life, and your Mom is doing you a disservice to you by allowing you to not do anything you think is hard! You MUST work as a CNA before spending thousands on tuition, and quitting when the going gets tough. If you decide Nursing is just not your thing, decide what you DO want to do. I am very lucky to have had a career that lasted me 34 years, I love my job even today, as long as I have been a Nurse, I'm 56 years old, don't see myself retiring any time soon! Find something you love, and go for it!
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    NP's answering to Nursing Management?

    Why such hostility about NPs, sour grapes?
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    Lied to in Interview

    I remember when you were having problems with the dialysis job you had before, I feel your pain now. Can't recall if you were in acutes or not. I would be very tempted to take a job in dialysis, if I were in your shoes. But, I would request to shadow at the outpatient clinic for a day. You will get an idea of how they operate, before you jump back in. I have done both acute and chronic dialysis for a loooong time, Acutes was never my thing because of all the overtime, etc. that went into it. My first Dialysis job was in chronics, and that's where I want to stay. Sure it's busy, but in a different way, the best thing is, you can lock the doors at night, and not worry about "That Darn Beeper!" If indeed they did misrepresent this job, I would have no qualms in leaving it, and letting them know why! If you interview for the dialysis position, I would just say the Re=hab job was misrepresented. Good Luck in whatever you decide to do!
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    Peritoneal Dialysis in the ED?

    PD treatments are usually overnight for 7-9 hrs if they are on their cycler. It's seems to me the ED would want the patient out of there much sooner. Agree that's it a bad idea, too much risk of infection for nurses that aren't trained. Hope this can be changed soon, for your sake. Yikes!
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    What is the strangest thing...

    Who would want them?
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    What is the strangest thing...

    Out of the hundreds of blood cultures I've drawn I've never had any more go missing, who would even want them?
  11. I don't like to breathe through my mouth because I keep thinking those nasty odor bugs are getting in my lungs. Luckily I have a job which doesn't make me deal with poop very often LOL!
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    Guilty and relieved at the same time

    It is so sad that we treat our elderly in this way all due to the almighty dollar. I have the utmost respect for those that that can do this. I know that I could never do your job!
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    Very, Very Bad Week

    I am so sorry you have been put through all this, be gentle with yourself, and take care of you((((HUGS))))
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    Stephen King Readers Thread

    And just to be on the safe side, I never walk within arm's length of a storm drain!!
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    Stephen King Readers Thread

    Nope! Now a real clown would set me back a bit, but I'd probably tell him to #$@$$%!
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    Stephen King Readers Thread

    I read "The Shining" years ago, it was, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read! I could not read it at night if I was alone. Dr Sleep was equally as good, but not as frightening. (of course I'm MUCH older now, and not scared of anything anymore!)
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    All my friends are RNs

    LOL, good to see you haven't lost your sense of humor!!
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    Can Pediatric Dialysis be Fun?

    Could never work with kids, but I've done dialysis for22 years. I love my job!
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    Weirdest/most difficult thing swallowed by a patient

    Working in the ER many years ago, a patient came in complaining of severe rectal pain. We called in a GI doc, he setup in the ER room to do a scope. When he put the scope in, all we could see was " Spread a Little Sunshine: He had inserted a mustard jar, the glass kind! Luckily the patient was sedated. Our laughter could be heard outside by the security guards!!
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    Give inhaler w/o doctor's consent?

    I would be Terrified to cross Judge Judy!!
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    What is the strangest thing...

    Thanks RubyVee, We never found them and nobody else ever confessed! Odd question from Kooky Korky. Guess we could have called the Popo, LOL!!
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    Brian Short News

    I heard the news today about an entire family found dead in their home, said a quiet prayer for a tortured soul/souls. When I logged on to Allnurses later, I discovered who it was. I am not usually a frequent poster, but I'm usually here every day. I feel everyone on this site is a friend, I've lost a very good friend today, don't care about how or why, just feel great sadness no one could relieve this family's pain. May peace and healing light be with The Short Family and all of us caregivers left behind.
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    What ever happened to these posters

    The one poster I really miss is cheesepotato, she was so funny, but one day, just stopped. I really loved her writing style.
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    What is the strangest thing...

    Had a patient in a chronic dialysis unit steal her own blood cultures! She was very lethargic on this particular day, and had a low grade temperature. We had a feeling she was smoking weed, and was always anxious when we drew any labs. Her chair was right next to the lab. At shift change the unit was very busy, I guess she thought we were drawing a drug screen, so when no one was watching her closely, she must have sneaked into the lab and taken them. We went to pack up the labs later, and they were gone!!
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    Nurse Slang Yo!

    Propofol-Michael Jackson Milk!
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