Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Revolving Door

I will probably catch some shit for posting this, but the truth shall free us to have shit thrown at us.

I hate, hate, hate sudden personnel changes at dialysis. I know it can't be helped-- if one's son cuts off his sister's head-- maybe you have to quit. Or if one of the techs is humping the old ladies when no one is watching-- well, ok, let that person go. But lately at dialysis, it almost feels like a revolving door.

It takes me a long, long time to warm up to a new dialysis worker. There's the whole thing that noobs come in with their presumptions and you have to straighten them out.

"No, I do not use paper tape, even though every other patient does"

"Yes, it is quite normal for my blood pressure to be 240/120-- especially with your sudden appearance as the new fabulous dialysis nurse that we all cannot do without--even though you will only be here a month or so before they replace you with someone else..."

Ok, the first priority should be patient safety, and if you're getting rid of people because patient safety is at stake, then that's the way it should be. However, if one has "let someone go" because they raised issues or complained, well, if that's the standard, dialysis centers everywhere would be employee-less. le sigh.

Complaining by dialysis staff is constant. They complain about their hours, their pay, their bosses, their coworkers, the patients. But hey, they frequently have viable beefs. Though, when I look at their lives, in comparison to mine-- I do want to offer up a 64oz cup of SHUTTHEFUCKUP! Who's the one with a terminal illness that is taking 2-5 years to finish me off? Who's the one who's having to manage on reduced (or no) income and has 100k+ in hospital bills to pay off.

Anyway... I hate having to deal with new employees, and I hope they get their staffing shit together where I dialyze, and soon! This is distracting me from my chair saga. *rueful grin*



  1. I stumbled here accidently and finally have a patient that tells it like it is. It seems that pts do not speak up enough when things are going bad. Hi I am a pct and have seen alot in 18yrs. You are right about revolving doors at times. Yes we are supposed to be there for the patinet , they have enough troubles without listening to ours. I like this and wish more patinet would speak up without yelling just standing up for what is right!! Kudo to you and I will pray that your unit gets better so you can all relax cuz that is what you should be doing. Have a blessful night and I wish you well

  2. I just found your blog while searching for dialysis social worker blogs. I work for Fresenius and need some support. I am a very dedicated social worker and all of my stress comes from the fact that I do very little social work. Working for a giant company means tons of policies, reports and unrealistic expectations. I want to do a good job for my patients but in reality if I did I would loose my job. As a patient and a person you should always be treated with respect and the staff should not be talking about their issues with you. But most of us are really doing the best we can.

  3. I agree with the social worker. I was a renal dietitian for nine years, until that shit company Fresenius bought the unit and turned into a shithole. I wouldnt work for this company; I would rather live under a bridge. It's all paper work and no patient education. I hate this company, I hope they go bankrupt, and their glorifiend unit clerks who wear black thongs under skin tight pants die with dicks up their asses! Fuck Ben J. Lipps, Fuck Debbie Frazier! She is a fucking cunt!

  4. Please tell us how you really feel.


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