Team effort is important

Dušica Sladoje was born in 1969. She lives and works in Šamac, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Dušica is a single mother and has a married daughter Nora, and a grandson Filip. Her daughter lives and works in Munich, Germany and Dušica lives with her mother, who is a retired teacher.

What do you do when you don’t work? Do you have special hobbies?
In my free time I do my usual housework, I like to read a nice book or watch a movie, I enjoy walking.
I am always available to provide help to those who need it, like grocery shopping, buying medicines. I am primarily thinking here of older people from my family and neighborhood.
One ordinary day in my life is filled with responsibilities such as doing the usual housework, grocery shopping, visiting relatives and friends.

Since when are you working as a nurse? And how long are you a nurse at NephroCare?
I have been working as a nurse since 1993. I worked in internal medicine at a hospital in Šamac. Later, I was offered a job at a dialysis department. It did not take long for me to decide that I wanted to continue to work in dialysis.

When did you know that you wanted to become a nurse? 
It is all connected with my childhood and our games which we played together. Our little patients were our dolls that we “nurtured”, “comforted” and “treated” them. 
There are doctors and nurses in my family. This contributed to my career choice. Another mitigating circumstance is that the medical school in Šamac had a good reputation and a very professional staff. That is how my childhood dream came true. 

What is the most important quality a renal nurse should have?
A renal nurse must be able to understand the patient's feelings and behavior in certain situations. The nurse must be emotionally mature and stable to be able to understand and resolve emergencies, health issues and ethical dilemmas.

How would you describe your relationship with your patients? 
My attitude towards patients is very understanding. I make sure I am there for them, without prejudice. 

Is there something you wish more patients knew or would pay more attention to?
The life of dialysis patients is tied to dialysis machines and the expertise of doctors and medical technicians. They should take care of themselves more than other patients.

How would you describe the atmosphere with your colleagues? 
My relationship with colleagues is full of understanding, cooperation. We work collegially, in the full sense of the word. We are always ready to help each other. 

How does a day in the clinic look like for you as a team?
It is smooth like clockwork. If we are all ready wtih clear attitudes and goals, then teamwork works.