Challenging, fast-paced field, but no advancement
Hemodialysis Technician (Current Employee) – Puyallup, WA – August 14, 2016
Davita is an excellent company to work for, as long as you're not a PCT (dialysis technician). The job is very rewarding, but with the amount of blood/infections/contagious illnesses/hepatitis classes/chemicals that you are exposed to, the compensation is very low and disappointing.
PCT's perform the most important job of the dialysis industry, especially since they have the most direct face-time with every patient, enabling them to be every individual patients' aid and care.
We give out medications, provide direct dialysis treatment, assist with all concerns and reactions of the patients, perform needle cannulations/lab draws, keep patients safe and healthy, remain the first responders to adverse events/bleeding/BP crashes/heart failure, and have essentially every duty that an RN/Charge Nurse has on the floor...but without the title, recognition, or the pay. This makes working for company very frustrating and limiting, given the amount of work that is required of you. The lack of appreciation is constant, while incentive for moving up within the company is non-existent.
The most rewarding part of the job is that you are saving lives, first hand. But I was hoping for more opportunities and advancement when working for one of the largest kidney care companies in the world.
Plenty of practice improving medical skills, generous PTO
lack of hours (even at full time), low pay, high turnover, no advancement opportunities