“I Don’t Know About This?”( A Patient’s Initial Dialysis Treatment) Pt. 13


Oh, AW, that’s Nicole. She’s a new Technician in training. I totally forgot she was supposed to shadow me today. I was supposed to show her our clinic, meet our patients , and basically give her a rundown of how we do things here. AW replies,” So, Dwelyn you all train people here? Who trains them, and what does the training consist of? I’m glad you asked that. I reply, Before we have any new hire come out to the treatment floor, we try our best to train all of our new hires thoroughly. I myself help with our Education Department to help train new hired Dialysis Technicians. My role is an Ambassador for our Region, and I’m a Preceptor for our clinic. “ Wow Dwelyn!” What does an Ambassador do and Perception ?”,What is that? “ Well as an Ambassador , I’m mainly here for guidance and moral support. Sort of like a liaison to individuals in need. For example, this type of profession requires a lot of guidance and coaching. Each team member that’s hired, is placed with a Preceptor/ Trainer who shows them the ropes of their clinic or the way a common dialysis treatment floor is run. Just think about it AW, when anyone starts a new job, especially within a healthcare setting they’re nervous and scared. My job is to play Devil’s Advocate and provide a non-biased opinion while providing undivided attention towards their needs of venting or coping with this job. “ Sheesh Man , that sounds steady!” AW replies. “ Lol , well it probably does , but with my years of experience I’ve learned to get a hold of it in a manner to project onto others positively. And I’m still learning also. Remember we talked about CVC / Graft / Fistula care ?

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Hello to all of you our wonderful Kidney Trail Hikers . My name is Dwelyn Williams, CCHT, Immediate Past President NANT . I would like to say Thank You for joining us on The Kidney Trails. A brief story of who I am . I started my Hemodialysis Technician career in January of 2000 in Charlotte,NC. During that time and now the present I have been a Traveling Hemodialysis Technician, a Chronic Preceptor, an Acute Preceptor, Kidney Smart Educator, proud NANT Board Member , and a Hemodialysis Technician Instructor. My current status is a proud employee of Fresenius Kidney Care- Arcadia as a Hemodialysis Technician CCHT/VAM and also an Acute Hemodialysis Technician here in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My involvement with dialysis goes back as far as the early 90’s. My mother was a ESRD patient during that time. We as a family contributed to her well being by assisting her with CAPD at home. After a year of doing a home modality, she ventured out into outpatient dialysis in a chronic setting of hemodialysis. With that being said , I developed not only a interest I dialysis but an extreme curiosity of what this disease was and its effect on my mother and our family. This placed a heavy matter on me due to the fact that it was beyond personal and it could happen to any of our loved ones. Serving as a NANT member and on the NANT Board has aloud me to express my concern and issues amongst others. The ability to possibly influence others. To share my passion within my profession alongside developing my craft. My goal is to encourage every Nephrology Clinical Technician that they are important in more ways than one, and to know that they matter in our patients lives. I hope to inspire more Nephrology Clinical Technicians to take on more leadership roles in their communities, clinics, and NANT. As a newly Author and Kidney Trails Family member it’s is my duty to deliver the most epic and profound stories of my vision of Renal World. What a great time none other than during this tough time we are having in the world today being impacted by the COVID 19/ Coronavirus. We hope as you hike with us along The Kidney Trails , that each step we take is with Essential Potential.

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