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  1. Apollo617

    Acute Dialysis - What do you use to carry your supplies?

    We put everything in a patient belonging bag: bicart, cartridge, saline, dialyzer and crit pieces. Most nurses keep a wrench in their tote bag where they keep their supplies: gloves, needle packs, gauze, quick clot, etc. The hoses are kept in the machine room and we grab one on the way out and usually hang it on a machine or RO.
  2. Apollo617

    First Nursing Job Dialysis Am I Stuck Forever

    I think there's a misconception about dialysis. I worked as a PCT in a chronic clinic and when I interviewed at a hospital for CICU, they sort of scoffed and tried to put me off. I had to let them know that much more than dialysis goes on in these centers. Some of those patients have many varied illnesses, so you will learn a lot. Patients code while in treatment. We have had so many emergency situations. You WILL use your nursing skills even though it's a "specialty". You just have to highlight that on your resume/cover letters and in your interviews. I was surprised that the nurse manager from nephrology was in on my panel interview for CICU and he was clueless about what went on in the clinics. They were surprised by the many skills I'd used, even as a PCT, and I got the job. I work in an Acute hospital setting now, and the senior nurses look to me for help because as a PCT in the clinic, I did everything and experienced a lot. I work with patients all over the hospital in different units with various illnesses and conditions, so I'm being exposed to everything from transplant to peds to icu to psych. I even work with the inmates in our "hospital jail". Dialysis isn't a one trick specialty. You just have to seek new experiences and let people know that you're well-rounded.
  3. Apollo617

    Acute care dialysis.

    The acute nurses at the hospitals in my area work at least 12 hours a day. I am at hospital now and there is no shortage of hours. I came from a chronic clinic where it depended on the clinic (staffing and census) whether or not nurses got their 40 hours. I have not seen a shortage of hours for nurses at any hospital. That's odd.
  4. Apollo617

    Phone Interview w DaVita

    They want to hear about patient care, that you're compassionate and want to help people. They will teach you what you need to know about dialysis. They initially want to know that you have the heart because you will develop close relationships with your patients as you'll see them all the time and get to know them well. Look on the Davita website and learn the core values to mention a few during your interview. Davita is really a "touchy feely" type of place, and they want to know that you'll fit into "the village". I came from a Finance environment with an education in Psychology. I took a 6 week CNA course to get my foot in the healthcare door and my first job was for Davita as a PCT. The interview cinched it for me because I did my research on the company and had personal stories to tell about people I've known on dialysis. I had not one minute of healthcare experience. I went into the STAR paid training program and 3 years later, I still love it. I had to leave Davita because I needed a nocturnal job while in nursing school. I'm at a hospital in Acutes now, but I'm still PRN at Davita. Good luck! You'll love it! Just pace yourself in training and don't let the needles scare you. Once you're in a clinic, it's smooth sailing. All the PCTs do patient care and nurses pass meds and call in prescriptions and orders.
  5. Apollo617

    Micro, A&P2, statistics, devel psych

    Gingko Biloba is a supplement that helps focus and memory. It can also help with anxiety and has other benefits as well.
  6. Apollo617

    What pre reqs should I take together?

    Next semester I'm taking Chem, Anatomy and Physiology 2, Nutrition and Sociology. I feel your pain. Maybe even more since I work full-time too. Time management and self-care will be essential!
  7. Apollo617

    Micro, A&P2, statistics, devel psych

    Yes you're crazy lol. But you can do it. If you have an A in A&P and have a good grasp on the material and on study habits and time management, you shouldn't have an issue. A&P2 with microbiology and statistics is going to be tough! Currently, I'm taking four classes and working full time. Next semester, I'm taking A&P2, Chem, Sociology and Nutrition. Time management will be key. I'm working now on organizing and simplifying my surroundings. I'm also eating better and exercising so that I have energy to do all of this. I started taking gingko biloba last semester and it has helped. Just focus and manage your time well. Use your resources at school like your professors or the tutoring center. Look into making a scrum or kanban board. Organization is also key! Good luck!
  8. Apollo617

    Did anyone work full-time while taking pre-reqs?

    Hi. I am currently finishing my prerequisites. I work full time and I'm single mother to a three year old boy. It's HARD! I am a dialysis tech and found a hospital job so I can work nights. So, I work 3 12 hour overnight shifts. I go to two classes Mondays and Wednesdays, and take two classes online. Next semester, I'll be in class Monday-Thursday with two online classes. I'm finding that time management is key. I have to plan in advance because I never know what might pop up with my son. I have a wall calendar and a weekly wipe board. I'd like to make a kanban or scrum board before next semester starts. It's a cool way to visually keep track of "to do" lists and assignments. I do a lot of homework at night when things are slow at work. I go to the library and tutoring center on Tuesdays which is my day off and a day my son is in preschool. I do laundry in the middle of the night and use my crockpot alot lol. Also, I am eating a lot cleaner and trying to schedule in more exercise. I cannot do this without energy and my poor diet and lack of exercise had me feeling run down with no energy. Just focus on your goals,manage your time well, eat properly, drink water, exercise and get your rest. Use all the resources available to you! Good luck!
  9. Apollo617

    LPN salary

    I'm a PCT at Davita Dialysis and our LPNs make about the same. I'm going to get my LPN before RN BSN. Another tech did that and came back with a $9 raise and does the same job I do except he can give meds. My FA said she'd give me the raise in case I have to cut hours drastically for nursing school.
  10. Apollo617

    LPN salary

    I'm a PCT at Davita Dialysis and our LPNs make about the same. I'm going to get my LPN before RN BSN. Another tech did that and came back with a $9 raise and does the same job I do except he can give meds. My FA said she'd give me the raise in case I have to cut hours drastically for nursing school.
  11. Apollo617

    Sick of floor nursing, what now?

    Try dialysis. Specifically Davita. I'm a tech there and love it. Our nurses seem happy. It's very rewarding but a much slower pace. Our nurses typically work 5 am until about 3 with three days off. The late shift they have about once a week is 12-8p
  12. H I'm applying to jobs as a psych assistant at a hospital. I don't want to hijack this this thread, but I'd love to know about your experience. I also want to work nights. I'm starting a CNA program to get the medical skills (I'm about to graduate with a BS in Psychology). To piggy back off the original question, can anyone with experience at a psych hospital respond?
  13. Thank you both for responding. And thank you for the congrats on my son. He's my joy as I never expected to have a child of my own. He's also my motivation for going back to school. I just can't see leaving him to go to a job I hate. I'm leaning towards finishing the Psych degree then make moves to get my BSN. I've been looking at the available jobs in my area to get a feel for what's in demand and what's required to get these positions. Psych Nurses are needed. There's also a need for Psych/Mental Health Technicians. They don't require a degree, but prefer "some coursework" which I have. There's a 6 week CNA course I could finish before university classes start in January. That way I'd be better qualified for a Tech job and also get a feel for working hands on in psych. It's a pay cut but I have support. Thanks again! Any other advice, opinions and personal stories are welcome!
  14. Hello! I've dragged my feet about finishing undergrad and also deciding what I want to be now that I'm supposed to be grown up. Now that I have a (surprise) baby, I've thought about it and want to go into Mental Health nursing. I've always loved psychology and want to work in the medical field. I am 14 classes away from completing a bachelor's in Psychology. I attended an info session at a local university and feel that I probably would not be accepted to the Nursing program at this time due to old credits and no current or applicable references. I'd like to finish my BSN as soon as possible, but also have a good job as I prepare for it. My options: 1. Finish my Psych degree and then apply to the accelerated Nursing program which is 18 months. I'd be back in school mode, finish my prerequisite courses and have current references from professors. Plus, I'd finish what I started and end with two degrees. 2. I can take a 12-14 month LPN course and find a job working as a nurse. Hopefully, with an employer who would pay for my BSN. 3. I can go to community college and get an associate's in nursing then do the 18 month RN to BSN program that hopefully my employer would pay for.
  15. Hello! I've dragged my feet about finishing undergrad and also deciding what I want to be now that I'm supposed to be grown up. Now that I have a (surprise) baby, I've thought about it and want to go into Mental Health nursing. I've always loved psychology and want to work in the medical field. I am 14 classes away from completing a bachelor's in Psychology. I attended an info session at a local university and feel that I probably would not be accepted to the Nursing program at this time due to old credits and no current or applicable references. I'd like to finish my BSN as soon as possible, but also have a good job as I prepare for it. My options: 1. Finish my Psych degree and then apply to the accelerated Nursing program which is 18 months. I'd be back in school mode, finish my prerequisite courses and have current references from professors. Plus, I'd finish what I started and end with two degrees. 2. I can take a 12-14 month LPN course and find a job working as a nurse. Hopefully, with an employer who would pay for my BSN. 3. I can go to community college and get an associate's in nursing then do the 18 month RN to BSN program that hopefully my employer would pay for. I'm leaning more towards one of the first two. It makes more sense to do 3 over 2 (have an RN vs LPN) but #2 would get me working in nursing sooner. I have a 4 month old son, but plenty support and free babysitting. I'm saving to buy a new house though so I need to work until I can't or am forced to go part-time due to school demands. What would you advise? Thanks in advance!
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