Business Analyst, Project Manager (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 13, 2018
As a project manager my work schedule and responsibilities are not representative of the majority of the staff; thus, this is a general review of the Company.
NKC is a company on the cusp of becoming a leader in its field or begin relegated to a historical reference. While the organization has taken steps to change - its current leadership team lacks the experience and capability to change its culture.
The issues with leadership is similar to other technical fields - there is an assumption that if one is good at their technical job (e.g. being a nurse) they should be naturally be a good leader (nurse manager). That is often not the case. Couple that flawed assumption with a lack of any type of leadership training and you get people in leadership positions who want to do positive but don't know how.
The culture is not necessarily bad, its just stagnant - trapped in a mindset from 20 years ago. Without talented leader it will be difficult to shift a 1990's mindset to the new millennium and sustain the change it is desperately trying to implement.
Clinical Nurse Manager (Former Employee) – Auburn, WA – April 7, 2018
I worked at NKC in the 80's as a staff and teaching RN. When I came back 19 years later, much had changed but also many things were the same. I was hired as a manager so my focus and experience was different. NKC actually valued my outside experience and were willing to listen to my concerns, suggestions for improvement.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 2, 2018
I have been volunteering with NKC since i was 16. I learned about kidney failure, Diabetes, and how the Dializer machine works. I checked patients in, assist with getting proper weight on each patient, and i also tour the dializer machine down and would set it back up. I also volunteered at main events once a year to educate about Diabetes.
Northwest Kidney Centers is a great place to work.
Hemodialysis Technician II (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 1, 2017
I work eight hours a day on a typical day. I have learned to assist patients to improve the quality of their lives. Educate patients with dialysis questions and concerns. I may not have worked in all of the departments of Northwest Kidney Centers, but I do know there is a variety of dialysis treatments. Working at Northwest Kidney Centers you will experience and learn diversity, compassion, patience, and teamwork. The patients become a part of the family, for me the hardest part of working at Northwest Kidney Centers is when a patient has moved on and was not given the quality of care when there is not allotted time to do so due to the busy schedule. The most enjoyable part of working at Northwest Kidney Centers is how many lives you can improve.
Nephrologist Social Worker (Former Employee) – Auburn, WA – May 25, 2017
NWKC was a very painful experience. I rell do not know what to say about them. I feel that many of the patients were treated unfairly and there is a lot of racism that interupts the work of healing. It was very sad.
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 17, 2017
This dialysis provider started the whole outpatient dialysis industry, they really care about the patients and are committed to doing the right thing. Any staff shortages are a symptom of the national nursing shortage and not the organization, they really try to get the resources that are needed and provide as much support as possible.
Productive workplace with dome opportunity for growth
Dialysis Technician (Former Employee) – SeaTac, WA – March 27, 2017
I have worked with Northwest Kidney Centers for 3 years. Starting as an administrative professional, and advancing into a clinical technician. The opportunity was great. I am now seeking further opportunities for advancement in a hospital setting.
Hemodialyis Technician (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 6, 2016
The education department keeps us abreast on pertinent medicare requirements and continuing education. Weekly meeting with the manager. Good benefits and pto. Co workers are excellent team player. Nurses are supportive and helpful.
Social Worker (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 22, 2016
Supportive social work department. The organization is patient- centered. The work environment can vary greatly unit to unit, but is an overall good learning experience for those coming to medical social work with no experience and desiring a clinical setting. As with any job, there are wonderful people and those that are more challenging to work with. The balance is overwhelmingly toward the good people.
Dialysis Technician (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 26, 2016
This is a 10 hour a day job, with people continually watching you and running to tell management. A lot of down time, and the team work could improve a lot. The unit use to be in a different location, at that time the the time work was the best. There were times when you needed help and didn't even have to ask for it. Also at the other location the management was not breathing down your neck, this unit had the best ratings in the entire company.