Excellent place to work,flexible schedule,management was great!
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee), Germantown, MD – March 29, 2013
Pros: flexible schedule, able to go to different facilities for ot if desired management was super!
Cons: certain shifts had to stay later than others and some had to work weekends but always rotational
Prepped the patients for treatment which was typically 3-4 times a week.Preperation iincluded getting pre and post weights to ensure treatments were meeting Davita standards I was assigned 12 patients a day,set up started early in the morning which meant disinfecting machines inside and out,cannulation of needles ect. I enjoyed my time at Davita the – more... most as I got along extremely well with everyone and my supervisor was great,she was a great listener and great mentor.I learned alot from her during my time there and felt welcomed from the very first day I started! I was able to get my certification through my job which was excellent! – less
Renal Social Worker (Current Employee), WI – December 18, 2014
Pros: hardworking coworkers
Cons: unqualified administrators. no retirement plan. favoritism from administrators
To echo the words of many, company "community" environment is a joke. Never ending directives without clear direction on how to implement. Hiring managers with no health care experience, and no people skills.
No retirement plan - Triple Crown 'reward' is dependent upon meeting outcomes. Outcomes not met, no reward that employee can put towards retirement. – more... Only ones getting ahead are clueless, lazy FAs/AFAs who suck up to Regional Directors.
Negative environment. Stressed out coworkers. – less
Dialysis RN (Current Employee), North Hollywood, CA – December 15, 2014
Pros: great coworkers
12-hour shift assessing patients and giving dialysis treatment teamwork always works! good management responsible and fun coworkers hardest part of job: repetitive forceful hand motions, on your feet most of the time most enjoyable part of job: great coworkers; interaction with patients
RN Dialysis (Current Employee), Springfield, IL – December 14, 2014
Very busy at times. Called Dr on call for orders for the day for the patients in the hospital needing dialysis treatments. started, monitored and ended the treatments, trouble shooting any issues with the treatments. Called the Dr with any issues or problems with the pts. provided education for the pt regarding their dialysis, disease process, diet, – more... medications and activities. – less
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee), Denver, CO – December 12, 2014
Pros: great benefits and opportunity for growth with in davita
Cons: very long hours
Davita has a great mission. They not only have just a mission but they also follow their mission. I loved working with dialysis patients and educating them regarding their disease. The hardest part of the job was when patients would not have a good dialysis run due to complications that were out of my control and were due to the disease itself. The – more... best part of the job was knowing that I was making a difference in my patients lives every time they came for treatment. – less
a good enviroment to work for and learn. i learned how to keep the catheter rate down and how to keep the percentage rate for davita rx up.i like working with a strong team that's willing to help out in any crisis. the hardest part of this job is working understaffed but getting through it makes for a rewarding part of the job when seeing everyone pull – more... together – less
Register Nurse (Current Employee), Wichita, KS – December 3, 2014
I set up my dialysis machines , supplies , obtain patient report, do an assessment , review meds , consents and dialysis access site. I also travel to multiple facilities working with many specialties and nurses. You need to be flexible and have excellent people skills. That is also the most enjoyable part of my job . I have excellent support from my – more... co workers while maintaining independence and accountability. – less
Dialysis Patient Care Technician (Current Employee), Oshkosh, WI – December 1, 2014
Working for DaVita has brought me so much joy and excitement about going to work. I love being able to make a difference in the lives of others, and DaVita helps me do so. The skills I learned in my 400+ hours of training allow me to provide life-maintaining services to the patients. I enjoy seeing them 3x per week, every week and building a close relationship – more... with them as well as my co-workers. The pay is good and the benefits are better! – less
This company gave me the honor to help lives. Fortunes 500 is so true!
PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee), Houston, TX – December 1, 2014
Pros: quarterly bonus
Cons: death of a patient beacuse sometimes a patient is so sick that they could die.
Even though my mornings started out very early as an employee i always felt happy to greet patient with a beautiful smile. Each shift I has to test dialysis machines as well as clean them. My duties consist of: cleaning patient's access,cannulating,drawing labs, taking vital signs,monitoring patients health and reporting to head nurse. The enjoyable – more... part about my job was knowing I was helping my patients live a longer life. – less
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee), Hopkinsville, KY – November 29, 2014
Pros: free food!
Cons: minimal advancement however still achievable
PCT was a good job. I gained weight working there from all the free food. The breaks are nice enough to recoup. Can be stressful at times if you close. Patients are nice and the experience was good. It was a nice experience. There is not much advancement other than becoming a nurse or nutritionist.
Pct (Former Employee), Ocala, FL – November 21, 2014
Cons: long hours
Working at davita was a great experience. A work day consist of cannulating 8 to 10 patients and hooking then up to th dialysis machine. I learned alot of dialysis and how most people got on dialysis. The hardest part of the job was hearing that a patient had past away.
charge nurse (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – November 21, 2014
Pros: pt interactions
Cons: getting up early
First is patient familiarity. You will see the same patients three to four times. This can be good. Of course you will learn about them; you can tell by looking at them if there is something acutely wrong. They will develop a trust relationship with you which you may not find with other venues where your patients rarely see you.
Second is more than – more... likely it will be a nurse led clinic. This means I schedule dialysis related appointments, fax treatment sheets, call hospitals and nursing homes for follow up. I may even have to file documents directly into charts. In a larger setting there will be more aides to do this for you but sometimes in the dialysis clinic if you want a job done right you have to "do it yourself."
Third There's a water treatment system to learn, and hemodialysis machines to learn how to operate and troubleshoot. You will have to keep an eye on infection control because there's several patients in the clinic. You'll have technicians and LVNS working under you of course however I like to know inside and out how to perform my job.
You wake up very early and have 4 10 hour shifts if you want and basically have 3 days off.
Dialysis becomes very routine sometimes even though it is a highly specialized field, there's only 3 medications you will routinely give and maybe 10 PRN medications. I've been doing this for 6 years and I'm getting bored. yet there are times when some patients have MIs, CVAs, etc on the machine and that patient require your quick response. As soon as you think this is routine job, something like a patient going out on a machine, will keep you on your toes, and put all of your nursing skills into play.
The hardest part of my job is waking up early @ 3:30am. The most enjoyable part is my patient interactions The patients are what keeps me dedicated to nursing. – less
Dialysis Technician (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – November 20, 2014
Pros: excellent benefits
Cons: i can not say nothing negative about this company was the best.
I enjoyed this job the best that I have ever had. I went in everyday knowing I was going to be saving someone life. I loved the staff the administrator and seeing the cheerful faces of my patients that became family since you saw them three days a week four hours at a time.
ICU RN, Acute Hemodialysis (Former Employee), Westwood, CA – November 17, 2014
Pros: working in the icu at ucla was very interesting
Cons: not nice coworkers, poor management.
This was the worst place I have every worked. The management is very poor. Does not have any medical background. Many of the co workers were not nice. If you were not of their culture they did not talk to you and many times were very rude.