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  1. I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so. I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position. The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine. Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.
  2. Hi Everyone, I am hoping by Spring 2018 I will be prepared for the next CASPA application cycle, but my one hindrance is PCE/HCE. Recently, I've acquired a job working as a scribe in the ED at a local hospital. I have been in communication with several prospective PA programs in my area, and they all seem to "accept" this as HCE (not necessarily PCE, though they have admitted a fair number of applicants with scribing experience alone), but I can't help to notice that scribing is so heavily saturated with pre-med/pre-pa students that I am beginning to wonder if scribing alone is truly enough, all things considered. Anyway, I was thinking about supplementing my scribing experience as a "Dialysis Patient Care Tech" at Davita or something similar. Several of the local dialysis providers offer jobs working as a dialysis tech and include your paid training, as opposed to going to a technical college and earning a separate certificate. Does anyone have any insight about working as a dialysis tech? Is it worth it for hands on PCE? Another problem for me, is the fact that scribing is so low paid. There is no way I can survive working $10/hr full time very much longer...lol. However, I can definitely see the value of scribe experience, so I do not want to give it up completely. Thank you in advance!
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