Meet Jose Puzon, from the Philippines who works as a dialysis technician.
Jose Puzon is from the Philippines and decided to train as a dialysis technician, deeply moved by the death of his grandmother from kidney failure and inspired by his cousin who was working in the field. He wanted to help others like his grandmother, and after the training he describes in this interview, he is now working at San Francisco General Hospital.
Jose describes how important it is to take care of and support the patient, who can be in hospital for three hours at a time, often three times a week. As he says, “So working in dialysis is like you are working on your family members or working on someone close to your heart…”
As a dialysis technician, he works under the direction of nurses and physicians, operating machines that take over the function of the kidneys which are not removing toxins properly from a patient’s blood and vascular system. The machine cleans the blood and returns the blood to the body.
Jose describes the excellent opportunities for employment and career advancement for dialysis technicians – as is the case in other categories in the medical technician and nursing assistant fields.
This is the fourth interview in our series:
Work Voices modules will be tested in ESL classrooms and adapted, based on student and instructor feedback.