There are many mistakes that you can make as a dialysis technician. This is why it is best for you to be trained properly and be aware of all the things that can go wrong. You must know how to overcome your obstacles so that they do not become permanent hurdles in both your life and your career as a dialysis technician.
No matter what line of work you are in, you will always face some obstacles in your career; this is not only exclusive to being a dialysis technician. However, as a dialysis technician, you do have an extra responsibility on your shoulders since you automatically become responsible for someone else’s life and someone else’s well-being. As a dialysis technician, many people who are suffering are depending on you.
This is why the biggest obstacle in front of a dialysis technician is the fear and the lack of confidence that they experience in their day-to-day professional work. If a dialysis technician is good and knowledgeable but he or she is afraid to do something and take care of a patient, then all of it is truly in vain. Once you are crippled by fear, you become incapable of doing anything else in your life. This is why, as a dialysis technician, the first thing you have to do is overcome the obstacle of fear in your career.
The Obstacles You Might Face as a Dialysis Technician
As a dialysis technician, your problems may be a little different from the problems people in many other professions face. This is because you are in the field of medicine and you are responsible for the health and the life of patients who are already suffering. This is why your obstacles are a little different in nature from the obstacles people face in any other line of work.
Here are a few challenges you might face as a dialysis technician:
- An uncooperative patient
Sometimes you get patients who simply get the job done and then go home quietly. They do not fuss and they do not get angry with their care personnel. However, other patients can, at times, be quite uncooperative. For these patients, nothing is good enough and it becomes hard to please such people no matter how good you are. The best way to face this challenge is to ignore the remarks of the patient and to adopt patience and positivity. If they make a fuss, you should handle it all in a polite manner and show them that you are a cooperative dialysis technician.
- A scared or nervous patient
Most times, you face patients who are new or who are scared and nervous when they get the dialysis treatment done. This behavior is most common among people who are of a young age. This is because people who are of age have a tendency to hide their feelings better, or just have more control over their fear. The best way to handle these patients is to tell them that everything is going to be fine. Show them the upsides of being there or bring something to distract them form the dialysis treatment. If the patient you are attending is a child, then you can also keep assuring them how brave they are and how they are very courageous to be handling everything so well. Sometimes, a few words of encouragement are all that a patient needs.
- Fear and lack of confidence
This is the worst obstacle that a dialysis technician can face because this cannot be solved by tending to the simple needs of a nervous or uncooperative patient. Since fear and lack of confidence is all inside your head, you have to fight it on your own. Moreover, you also have to pretend that you are not afraid and you have a lot of confidence because the moment your patient gets to know that you are not fully confident that you can do the job, they are going to ask for another dialysis technician.
- Being too social
Sometimes dialysis technicians are a little overfriendly with their patients and that can become very uncomfortable for the client. At other times, they get a little too attached to the patient and end up compromising their capabilities. On the other hand, some dialysis technicians are too detached, which makes the patient lose trust in them. They can never be sure that the person attending them even cares about them at all. The best thing to do is to be friendly without addressing personal issues of the client. This will help you stay detached from the patient’s personal life, without becoming insensitive to any issues.