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Competed BSc (Hons) Degree in Nursing in 1998. Following this I took up post in a surgical ward but moved to work in the Dialysis unit within a year. Over the next two years I gained experience in a variety of renal settings including general nephrology, transplant, acute dialysis and surgical section. I then moved to one of the regional satellite units where I developed my experience of renal patients and organisational skills. During this time I became a mentor and honed skills in dealing with aspects peritoneal dialysis. I then saw the opportunity to work closer to home in a new unit as one of the founding staff members, helping to develop renal services in the area.
There is a lot to learn, change happens very regularly. You need support of a good team to meet the challenges; we are always checking and rechecking with each other as nurses. Constantly consulting on the best direction to take. It helps to be able to cope with seeing qualities of blood passing through the machine. Empathy and understanding that haemodialysis is a very invasive treatment, that affects all aspects of the patients lifestyle. You need to have a good understanding of policies and procedures that underpin the work practices. Always be keen to learn something new.
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