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« on: January 14, 2011, 11:09:56 PM »

Blog post from a California dialysis tech training school

Whats good and bad about people??

I have been involved in Dialysis for a long time.. My whole life actually.. growing in a family with a ESRD patient was no different than any other growing up experience. The 1 thing that differed was the ability to understand at a very early age we have to take good care of our loved ones. The mission of DES is to increase the quality of care to all patients with CKD/ESRD. As we strive create the perfect learning experience for each student we have I come across many who don't always look at that mission as first priority. Unfortunately Dialysis is a multibillion dollar a year business that many people have chose to get in on. Just take a look at a operational clinics Administrators, I'm willing to bet that many of you will see a MBA that has no knowledge of Dialysis therapy what so ever. Some see that keeping a Nurse at the helm of the clinic creates a problematic budget as we all as care givers put the patient above any budget or protocol on cost. Second example that I have witnessed first hand. DES as a training program has the need to network with local clinics interested in intern programs. While visiting clinics in attempts to educate on the quality and innovative learning approaches we have I came across a lady we will call Madam X. Madam X was willing to entertain the idea and talk, when I went to her office with a full intention on presenting the quality of our program and candidates she only had one question. How much are you going to pay us per intern? What? I asked.. She replied I have no time for you until you make me an offer.. Hmmmmm?? I will have to get back to you.. Frustrated I left her office. Went to my office and immediately replied with my disappointment in her lack of concern for her patients safety and in reality her unethical approach. Just wondering what you think.. should internships be given at a price or on the prerequisite of high level education and a clinically subjective interview. And as far as Madam X what is your opinion on her? Third and final example. Our passion is the patient, we have had a few folks come through our program that have not had the patience to follow the program. Work ethic is predictable through our studies and our studies will guide our future in a chosen profession. DES has a complete clinic ready for use and we still have students that say they just want to learn in the clinic and will not participate with enthusiasm in our clinical skills practice. Question.. Why would you learn life sustaining procedures in an environment that a patient is actually receiving therapy? We teach our students all of the mechanics, procedures, and testing before we will consider putting them up for internships. Why do we do this? Because if you were the patient would you want the first time a student saw a dialysis machine to be while you were connected to it? or would you want them to learn/experiment on you without thorough training first? I am sometimes disappointed by my colleagues and even my students but I know the patient needs a friend. DES is that friend and the mission is our bond. We will continue to provide the ideal environment and curriculum for Dialysis Technology. With the best hire rates and passage rates in the country we will also impact the entire community as our wonderful students fill the clinics will integrity and joy. Love you all.. Most of all our patients.


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