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Work Voices 4 – Jose Puzon, Dialysis Technician

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
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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.

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Category: Post-Secondary ESL, Work Voices, Work Voices (Health)

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Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.