dialysis training

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    I am currently an ICU-RN and interested in working in dialysis. Does anyone know of a dialysis course to start my taining? I live in the San Francisco Area and I've seen an Ad in Nurseweek that charges a hefty $3500 for such a course. This is far too much to pay for any cross-training I would think!
    And by the way, are dialysis nurses in demand? Anyone,please respond stat...THANKS!
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    In regards to learning dialysis...
    In Washington state, you are usually trained on the job. The cost you quoted is actually quite reasonable. To train a nurse on the job usually runs the organization $6,000 or more.

    Good-luck!
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    $3000 for cross training into nephrology seems VERY steep to me. Most places are more than happy to train you and if you already have ICU experience, you are one step ahead of the rest of the field. Here in Southwest FL we take people with no medical training and train them to be Patient care Technicians, on the job. They access patients,put them on the machines, monitor the treatment and take the person off the machine. I know any prospective employer would be very happy to know that you are already trained in dialysis but I donít think they would pay you much, if any extra.
    In answer to your next question, there is always a demand for dialysis nurses especially in my area and I could put you in contact with 5 units in the area that are looking for quality RNís. If you really feel like paying for training you can give me $1500 and Iíll give you the numbers to the five units in the area that will train you on the job.
    Good luck in your new job.

    [This message has been edited by Jason Beck (edited June 21, 1999).]
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    We do our training on the job, however, for our theory classes (about 2 weeks in length) the cost is about $2000.oo this includes training and expenses for lodging and food, our training area is about 3 hours away from our center. Our clinical training is about 2 months and is done by 1 preceptor in the unit. I agree with Jason, I'll train you also. There is a large demand for hemodialysis nurses in Virginia also, and our salaries are based on the # of years of dialysis experience.
    Good Luck
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    to Jason, i too would like to train for a nursing career in dialysis. Are med-surg nurses who have been out of the field for awhile eligible? I live in Illinois and would welcome any suggestions. Good luck Jason.
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    With a critical care background you will have no issue entering into dialysis! I'm a DON of a chronic unit on the east coast of Florida prefer my nurses to come in with cc experience. Do a web search of the major companies and also just look in your local phonebook for the smaller or private clinics. Also keep in mind if it's chronics or acutes you would prefer to work with. Myself I prefer acutes as I've always been in an acute setting up until the last 2 years. I still prefer acute settings over chronics (although here I am lol). I do run harder and have to put on a happy face to the non-compliant or chronic complainers much more then I ever did working in ICU, CTU, or Burn ICU. Short staffing wasnt so much as an issue when I was in-hospital compared to outpatient clinics. As the others have suggest, dont waste your money on training. Most companies especially your larger will train. I was sent for a week to Orlando with all expenses paid, plus my hourly wage, all meals and an open bar to boot when classes where done for the day!! Then 3 months OJT with a preceptor. Dialysis is always looking for RN's and there is a shortage. I've been running an add for an experience dialysis RN and they are hard to find!
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    Quote from Lacie
    With a critical care background you will have no issue entering into dialysis! I'm a DON of a chronic unit on the east coast of Florida prefer my nurses to come in with cc experience. Do a web search of the major companies and also just look in your local phonebook for the smaller or private clinics. Also keep in mind if it's chronics or acutes you would prefer to work with. Myself I prefer acutes as I've always been in an acute setting up until the last 2 years. I still prefer acute settings over chronics (although here I am lol). I do run harder and have to put on a happy face to the non-compliant or chronic complainers much more then I ever did working in ICU, CTU, or Burn ICU. Short staffing wasnt so much as an issue when I was in-hospital compared to outpatient clinics. As the others have suggest, dont waste your money on training. Most companies especially your larger will train. I was sent for a week to Orlando with all expenses paid, plus my hourly wage, all meals and an open bar to boot when classes where done for the day!! Then 3 months OJT with a preceptor. Dialysis is always looking for RN's and there is a shortage. I've been running an add for an experience dialysis RN and they are hard to find!
    It depends on where you are located if there are jobs-

    I have six years eperience- chronics, acutes and PD. There are no jobs where I live- too many nurses. That's why I became a traveler.
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    hi there,
    I'm from Malaysia. We do have Dialysis training in my center.
    Cost is cheaper from other countr.
    MYR 10,000 only
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    I am a 20 yr high risk L&D nurse ACLS....I live in the San Gabriel Valley in Ca(a burb of Los Angeles) I would love to train in dialysis-where to start??
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    Hello fellow nurses ... I am a LPN working in an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence and find myself longing to be a nurse ... would like information on LPNs training to become dialysis certified. Is this something only for RNs? I would appreciate any information regarding training in the NY State region ... thanks in advance!


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