Expected salary for new dialysis RN-with no experience - page 3
by Hum'nbird 44,511 Views | 35 Comments
Would like to know the average starting salary for a brand new dialysis RN with 6 weeks of training only, So. Calif area. I have been an RN for over 10 years with multi-area experience. :rolleyes:... Read More
- 0Jul 6, '02 by wif411I am a RN with 16 yrs of experience in telemetry, med-surg, and geriatrics. I started in dialysis 3 yrs ago at $16.00 per hr. Now I am working in acute unit in small hospital---contracted through same company I started with. I am at $18 now and up for raise for 3 yr anniversary.
Dialysis is like no other nursing I have done. It requires more involved skills than telemetry. By this I mean, I was prepared for telemetry fresh out of nsg school. I learned no dialysis skills in nsg school other than A&P.
It took 1yr for me to feel comfortable with dialysis skills.
It combines all the main systems--cardio, pulm, etc.
- 0Jul 10, '02 by patadneyIn general,machines are disinfected daily and disinfected with bleach solution weekly and pt with communicable diseases (MRSA,hepatitis,VRE are either dialyzed in an isolation rm or apart from other pt and the machine used is the one at the end of the line.I think that's pretty standard.
- 0Aug 2, '02 by babs_rnI work for a Davita facility and I was paid according to my actual years of nursing experience. And they trained me - including two separate weeks of classroom theory training. I think they realize that you're not going to get good quality nurses (and CCU experience DOES help - mine is certainly appreciated when patients start going bad) at a lower level of pay. It's a fact of life I think not too many companies realize: if you pay more, you get to be a little choosier.
- 0Aug 25, '02 by jnette GuideHi Humn'brd !
At our clinic (and all the clinics in our LARGE company) it is common routine and EXPECTED that the RNs carry a patient load and perform all the duties you described..these are not just
"tech" duties, but are divided equally amongst all staff but the DON. She, however does help out a lot on the floor as often as possible and as needed, especially first thing in the morning, and during shift change-over. So if you're charge nurse for the day (regardless of whether the DON is present that day), you would still carry a "side", or 4pts. plus your charge duties. We usually have one RN on per day (not including the DON who may or may not be present). The RN and the LPNs draw up and admin. the meds along with all the other duties you described. The techs will do most of the "heavy lifting" of supplies, stocking, etc., but other than that we are all in it together and do our best to help each other out regardless of title. I believe it's that way in most clinics. I have yet to hear of one where an RN doesn't have to set up machines, clean them, etc., etc. Maybe I'm wrong.. I'd like to know how other clinics do this. Perhaps this post will draw a response and describe routines in other states or areas or companies. I'm curious to know !
- 0Aug 25, '02 by DivaIn the big city, dialysis RN's generally make about $30/hr.
The duties vary depending upon the individual unit. In chronic units nurses often have a patient care assignment along with medication and charting assignments. However, that is not set in stone.
There are many variations of staffing and it varies from unit to unit, even within those units owned by the same companies.
One of the great benefits of dialysis nursing is every Sunday off and alternate Saturdays. That schedule is pretty much standard everywhere.
I'd like to hear more about dialysis nursing from others.
- 0Jan 7, '03 by patadneyDialysis nursing is definately like no other specialty. BUT you only get every other Sat off if there is enough licensed staff to cover and you only get Sun off if you are working in an out patient clinic with no acute responsibilities. Pt will get sick and need dialysis at all hours of the day and night.Usually there is warning that kidneys are failing,but some people ignore symptoms,especially tough men and thenthere is a crisis and we get to come in and save lives. As an acute nurse,you can be on call and wearing a pager at all hours. The different facilities work this out according to the need. I have worked in large cities that had acute units that went to the different hospitals to do dialysis.Then you need to know all about everything as you might need to set up your own machine in a hurry. I really enjoy my work.
- 0Mar 26, '03 by babs_rnI started out with DaVita about a year ago after 14 years' multi-area experience and I was paid according to my nursing experience regardless of the fact that I had no dialysis experience. I am happy with this company. I think they realize that in order to get good, quality nurses into dialysis, you have to be competitive with their wages.
And if you want numbers, keep in mind that I live in rural Georgia where the cost of living is low; I was started out at $22.70/hr, which is more than what the hospitals are offering. I think it varies clinic to clinic, but to be honest with you, the past year has been the first point in my entire career that I have NOT actively sought to get out of nursing.