Blue Mountain Hospital Dialysis Technician Lauren Steve was one of only twenty-eight individuals, selected from across America, to receive a scholarship to attend a special dialysis symposium last month, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Dialysis Boot Camp 2015 Symposium was held at the Tropicana Hotel, in Las Vegas, March 17-19. Lauren's scholarship paid for her hotel accommodations and the cost of the three-day event. This annual event is attended by hundreds of dialysis workers and providers from throughout the country, who receive training in the bio-medical and medical fields, relating to dialysis treatment and patient care.
Lauren said she enjoyed the symposium and got some valuable training. She learned new skills in areas of patient care and got a first-hand look at new dialysis technology. She also met other dialysis workers and providers from places like New York State, Connecticut, Alaska and other states. She said she applied for her scholarship, when a co-worker gave her a flyer, explaining the scholarship process. She also joined the National Association of Nephrology Technicians. During the symposium, she learned techniques in fluid management, which is important because part of her responsibility is to calculate patient fluid rates, she explained. In addition she learned about pain management during dialysis and hemodialysis.
According to Lauren, the symposium allowed her to earn 15.9 credit hours that apply toward her recertification. Blue Mountain Hospital's Dialysis Manager, Jordon Bradford, said Lauren earned one-half of the 30 credit hours needed to recertify, which happens every three years. The rest of her credit hours can be obtained through various on-line programs and other trainings.
Lauren said her trip to Las Vegas was her first and she enjoyed seeing the sites along the Vegas Strip. She would like to go back next year and attend the 2016 symposium. She is currently working to earn her RN degree from San Juan College, in Farmington, New Mexico.