A dialysis nurse administers dialysis to patients whose kidneys have failed and a machine is used to clean the toxins out of their blood.
The dialysis machine is a substitute for the kidney’s various functions when they no longer work adequately. Dialysis patients need this care from one to three times weekly and sometimes more often. The dialysis nurse hooks the patient up to the machine, operates the machine and monitors the patient during this time. It can be either at the patient’s home, the hospital unit or a dialysis unit. Use these tips to learn how you can get the proper dialysis nurse training and enter this profession.
A Dialysis Nurse requires a high school diploma or GED with several years of additional school, certification programs and receiving your Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission certification. If you are an RN, you will become a Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). If you are an LPN/LVN, you will become a Certified Hemodialysis Technician or (CHT). You will also need to take 15 hours of your continuing education in Nephrology.
Once your school, training and certification courses are complete, you will be able to work in an acute hospital in the dialysis unit or transport dialysis machines to patients rooms. You will also have the opportunity to work with an outside dialysis company or do dialysis in the patient’s own home.
Job Outlook for Dialysis Nurses:
The job outlook for a dialysis nurse is steady and growing. With the growing incidence of diabetes and other conditions that cause kidney failure, the demand for dialysis nurses and technicians continues to grow steadily. And unless a patient receives a kidney transplant, they will require dialysis for life.
If you have the ability to work under pressure. You work well with patients and families, and you have the desire to help people have a better quality of life, then a career in dialysis is a great choice for you!
At AHS RenalStat is a leading healthcare staffing company specializing in temporary, travel and permanent placement for dialysis nurses and managers.
We have placements all over the United States and are quickly gaining more positions to fill. What this means is that with us, dialysis professionals get a better variety of dialysis jobs to choose from; whether you’re looking to work a per diem position in Texas, permanent position in New York or travel job in Florida, we are here to serve you and to be your advocate.
With AHS RenalStat we offer you more job opportunities, no matter where in America you are.
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