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
Company might have right idea, but individual facilities vary in professionalism
Patient Care Technician (Former Employee), Reno, NV – November 28, 2013
Pros: hours and shifts
Cons: not employee friendly
I believe the overall company has a good position on patient care. My particular experience at specific facility was not favorable. I was in training, but was not trained to be a teammate, it was more like a trial.
Disappointed (Former Employee), Denver, CO – November 26, 2013
Pros: helping patients and community
Cons: management, compensation, lack of growth, lack of work/life balance, no 401k match
The only good thing about this company is they help patients and give back to the community. Beware of drinking the kool aide and the village concept is a total joke. Their compensation is low, work/life balance is nonexistent, healthcare benefits expensive and not that great, no match on 401k but they can build an extravagant headquarters, really?? – more... Community first, company second...more like bottom line first and let the big shots reep the benefits while the rest of the "teammates" bust their butts to get the job done. High turnover too! Completely disappointed and hope they can make some changes and actually live up to their 7 Core Values instead of talking about them. – less
Charge/Staff; Chronic/Acute (Former Employee), California – November 16, 2013
Pros: lots of available overtime, on call if desired
Cons: their way or the highway
Hello: Working in an acute, hospital environment offers the RN much more autonomy than in a chronic unit. In a chronic unit I had a technician reinfuse a patient's blood twice so the patient could go outside to smoke a cigarette despite me telling her after the first time not to again do the same. After the second time of reinfusing the patient's blood – more... I told her to go home, I was the relief charge RN that day. The technician called the manager and told the manager I smelled like alcohol; I volunteerd to have my urine and blood submitted for a toxicology assay which both were negative. The company did nothing to reprimand the patient technician; I sought legal representation for litigation. Then there's the Village and 'one for all' propaganda to deal with which actually stifles discourse. – less
Pros: great people, fast pace, independent, mobile
Cons: for me - work/life balance
Love haveing a mobile job that is flexible. I actually can get more work done from home sometime then when going to the office. My peers and administrative support team are great to work with and I suspect will be long life friends. The hardest part of the job is the hours. In Acutes (Hospital Contract Service) we are always "ON" 7/24. Work'life balance – more... is difficult. Getting texted/called at any hour of the day and managing the situation is the reality of the job. The significant impact felt is within the family. I do not feel like I can unplug from work and give my attention to my family fully. I will add that each area will have there own unique challenges and mine happens to be staffing. – less
Pros: setting my own work schedule to accomplish goals.
Cons: sometimes long work hours.
Repairs of dialysis machines.Preventive maintenance of machines and ancillary equipment.Scheduling of outside vendors for building repairs and documenting these repairs.Job satisfaction that everything in my clinics runs smooth,is in compliance and safe treatments for patients dialyzing on these machines and safety in the building.
Registered Nurse (Current Employee), Tallahassee, FL – November 7, 2013
Pros: profit sharing, quarterly bonus if goals are met.
Cons: not willing to promote from within the company
Work with hemodialysis patients and teach them how to perform their dialysis at home. Do patient teaching, education, draw blood monthly. Make rounds with physician. Do teaching for peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. I also charge the in-center traditional hemodialysis unit. I am the infection control manager for the home dialysis department. – more... I audit charts, monitor labs. Trend the data from the labs. Love working with a small amount of employees in the home dialysis department. – less
Dialysis Technician (Former Employee), Pontiac, MI – November 5, 2013
Pros: continuing to pursue my goals to obtain certification as a medical biller and coder
Cons: not enough experience as a coder
I consider myself to be very hard working, quick learner, patient, and trustworthy. I have been dedicated to the medical field for over twenty years, just recently expanding to experience by entering into the medical billing and coding program at Everest institute.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Oak Park, MI – November 4, 2013
Pros: free lunch, friendly environment
Cons: not enough hours.
A typical day at Davita is very relaxed. I come in get to work and get things done decent and in order. From working here, i've learned how to open up and to become more of a people person. I was once shy and didn't say much but now I have a bit more confidence in myself and I know how to take charge of a situatuion and to be a leader and not so much – more... rely and depend on people to speak for me. My co-workers are very fun to work with. Because of my quiet personality, it was hard for me to meet new people. However, they made it easy and comfortable for me to meet people. The hardest part of my job was taking on multiple task and having to get things done at a certain time. However as time went by, it became easy and I can attack mutilple task without a problem. The most enjoyable part of my work day is being the first person the patients see when they come in the doors and to make them feel good and smile. To see them happy despite what they are going through, brings joy to my heart! – less
LPN/Patient Care Technician (Former Employee), North Canton, OH – November 1, 2013
Pros: working 3 twelve hour shifts and being done for the week.
Cons: being up so early in the morning.
I worked at a very fast paced clinic with very needy patients.
I would begin my day, sometimes at 4:00 am, setting up the machines needed for dialysis. There were 21 stations to set up. Water room would be checked and orders set out at each station.
After the room was set up, the patients would arrive, I would be responsible for the care of 4 to 6 – more... patients, I would weigh them, take vital signs and assess their general condition before their treatment would begin. If for some reason there was a question to their stability, ie chest pain, bleeding, I would alert the charge nurse and decide if the treatment should continue.
After the assessment I would begin the treatment via venipuncture or CVC catheter, charting vital signs every half hour. After the treatment, 3 or 4 hours, I would do a post assessment and help the patient as needed to leave the station. I then would clean the station and set up for the next round of patients. There are 3 rounds of patients each day.
The most enjoyable time I had was working with my co-workers. Since we see the same patients over and over again we always tried to make it as "fun" as possible.
The hardest part was watching our patients' health deteriorate as they are end stage renal. – less