I worked 4 10 hour shifts on a 19 chair outpatient dialysis that was located within a hospital, where we also would provide hemodialysis for clients in the ER and ICU when needed. A typical day started at 6:00 or 8:00am. The atmosphere was very, very busy! I would average 3 miles a day going from station to station to silence alarms, make necessary adjustments, administer medications, manage symptoms, and provide education to patients and their families. I most enjoyed the interaction with the patients every other day, getting to know them and their families. It was physically challenging at times because of being constantly on your feet and having late starts or complications with some patients, which required me to stay after hours. It was difficult at times with two young children at home when I would get called in or have to stay late. Since it was a fairly small unit, I also got to know my coworkers well, making many friendships! Overall, I really enjoyed working in dialysis.
Benefits, insurance, vacation, etc. at nominal price. Worked 4 days/week.
Worked holidays, weekends, got called in during the middle of the night and weekends.