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05/04/13 02:00 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Renal
DCRD
15 Posts
Washington
Registered Dietitian

Following 3 years as a general dietitian in the UK I recently came to the USA and passed my RD exam in March 2013. I would very much like to become specialized as a Renal Dietitian but have little practical experience as my previous position did not have a renal load. I have applied to DaVita for a position and after discussion with an agent it was ascertained I had more than the 12 months needed to apply. The agent informed me she would be speaking to the hiring team at the site of the job agency and would get back to me by a set date, she did not and has ignored my e-mails and phone messsages. I am unsure as to what course of action to take as the chance to train as a Renal Dietitian offered by DaVita and all future applications in the area are sure to be handled by this agent. Any advice from fellow members on a course of action would be greatly appreciated.

05/04/13 04:44 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Renal
shandstar
1154 Posts
Lewisville TX
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by Rob2013:
    Following 3 years as a general dietitian in the UK I recently came to the USA and passed my RD exam in March 2013. I would very much like to become specialized as a Renal Dietitian but have little practical experience as my previous position did not have a renal load. I have applied to DaVita for a position and after discussion with an agent it was ascertained I had more than the 12 months needed to apply. The agent informed me she would be speaking to the hiring team at the site of the job agency and would get back to me by a set date, she did not and has ignored my e-mails and phone messsages. I am unsure as to what course of action to take as the chance to train as a Renal Dietitian offered by DaVita and all future applications in the area are sure to be handled by this agent. Any advice from fellow members on a course of action would be greatly appreciated.

Can't you apply on your own? There's other places besides davita and from my renal RDs- davita doesn't have the best reputation. There's Fresenius, renal ventures, other companies, or you could get a prn job in clinical and there's always an opportunity for renal.you could start looking into the renal certification as well.

05/05/13 09:39 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    Renal
DCRD
15 Posts
Washington
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by shandstar:

      Posted by Rob2013:
      Following 3 years as a general dietitian in the UK I recently came to the USA and passed my RD exam in March 2013. I would very much like to become specialized as a Renal Dietitian but have little practical experience as my previous position did not have a renal load. I have applied to DaVita for a position and after discussion with an agent it was ascertained I had more than the 12 months needed to apply. The agent informed me she would be speaking to the hiring team at the site of the job agency and would get back to me by a set date, she did not and has ignored my e-mails and phone messsages. I am unsure as to what course of action to take as the chance to train as a Renal Dietitian offered by DaVita and all future applications in the area are sure to be handled by this agent. Any advice from fellow members on a course of action would be greatly appreciated.

    Can't you apply on your own? There's other places besides davita and from my renal RDs- davita doesn't have the best reputation. There's Fresenius, renal ventures, other companies, or you could get a prn job in clinical and there's always an opportunity for renal.you could start looking into the renal certification as well.


Thank you for your input, the problem is my lack of clinical Renal experience, I had commenced a masters module in the UK but my immigration papers came through and I moved to the USA. DaVita offer training to RD's with 12 months experience with no need for prior renal case load, whereas Frsenius and others require extensive experience. The agent previously had told me I only had 3 weeks experience until I pointed out I had 3 years in acute/community. I would very much like to train with DaVita and am worried if I raise the way I have been handled with DaVita it will be a black mark against my name and the agent who is ignoring me probably covers my geographical area (DC Metro).

[Edited by Rob2013 on 05/05/13 09:50 AM]

05/07/13 09:56 AM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Renal
hokiegirl
453 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    Posted by Rob2013:

      Posted by shandstar:

        Posted by Rob2013:
        Following 3 years as a general dietitian in the UK I recently came to the USA and passed my RD exam in March 2013. I would very much like to become specialized as a Renal Dietitian but have little practical experience as my previous position did not have a renal load. I have applied to DaVita for a position and after discussion with an agent it was ascertained I had more than the 12 months needed to apply. The agent informed me she would be speaking to the hiring team at the site of the job agency and would get back to me by a set date, she did not and has ignored my e-mails and phone messsages. I am unsure as to what course of action to take as the chance to train as a Renal Dietitian offered by DaVita and all future applications in the area are sure to be handled by this agent. Any advice from fellow members on a course of action would be greatly appreciated.

      Can't you apply on your own? There's other places besides davita and from my renal RDs- davita doesn't have the best reputation. There's Fresenius, renal ventures, other companies, or you could get a prn job in clinical and there's always an opportunity for renal.you could start looking into the renal certification as well.


    Thank you for your input, the problem is my lack of clinical Renal experience, I had commenced a masters module in the UK but my immigration papers came through and I moved to the USA. DaVita offer training to RD's with 12 months experience with no need for prior renal case load, whereas Frsenius and others require extensive experience. The agent previously had told me I only had 3 weeks experience until I pointed out I had 3 years in acute/community. I would very much like to train with DaVita and am worried if I raise the way I have been handled with DaVita it will be a black mark against my name and the agent who is ignoring me probably covers my geographical area (DC Metro).

    [Edited by Rob2013 on 05/05/13 09:50 AM]


Not all of the other companies require extensive experience. For some, just a year of regular clinical will suffice---that is all the medicare regulation is. If you really want renal and don't hear back from Davita, consider pursuing some of the smaller renal companies. There's also a good chance you'd be happier working for a smaller company. That's all I'll say on that one.... :-)

06/03/13 03:37 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: Renal
nutricionista26
6 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    Posted by Rob2013:
    Following 3 years as a general dietitian in the UK I recently came to the USA and passed my RD exam in March 2013. I would very much like to become specialized as a Renal Dietitian but have little practical experience as my previous position did not have a renal load. I have applied to DaVita for a position and after discussion with an agent it was ascertained I had more than the 12 months needed to apply. The agent informed me she would be speaking to the hiring team at the site of the job agency and would get back to me by a set date, she did not and has ignored my e-mails and phone messsages. I am unsure as to what course of action to take as the chance to train as a Renal Dietitian offered by DaVita and all future applications in the area are sure to be handled by this agent. Any advice from fellow members on a course of action would be greatly appreciated.

Do you know what clinic location the position is open for? I would get the number for the clinic and call the hiring manager directly so you can forward your resume to that person. You can also ask for the lead dietitian's name for that area since most lead dietitians do the pre-screening for the managers. I find that it is best to go directly to the person hiring. I had no renal experience when I started in dialysis. DaVita is known for training their dietitians very well (at least that was my case). Good luck.

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