How to get into Dialysis Nursing?

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    Hello :-) I'm curious to know how to become a Dialysis Nurse as an RN? What are some of the companies out there that train? How's the demand for it? How rewarding is it? Is there traveling involved?

    I loooked at Gambro and the sched is 3/12s MWF in Los Angeles, CA. How much is the starting pay usually for a new RN with few months of working in Neuropsychiatry (although this experience may be irrelevant)? I'm getting bored in NP. Are there opportunities for Dialysis Nursing in Travel Nursing?

    Thanks and have a nice day :-)




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    I'm a seasoned RN, but am new to dialysis. I work at a Fresenius unit. One of my best friends works for Gambro in AZ. She was sent to San Diego for training. Her unit is pretty calm and smooth running. Mine is noisy, very chaotic.
    I had 6 weeks on the job orientation/training. Sounds like a long time, but dialysis is so different from others kinds of nursing, a long training period is needed.
    I started at $21./hr, she started at $18./hr. You will probably start higher because of your geographical area.
    I've gotten emails from Gambro recriuting RNs to work in AZ. They pay relocation and sign on bonuses for some locations.

    If you work MWF or Tu Th Sa you will have the same group of pts, so you'll get to know them well.

    There is a need for dialysis nurses. Rewarding? That depends on how well your unit is managed. I had the shift from hell today.
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    Thanks! What website can I go to to research more about Dialysis Nursing and certification?
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    I'm in Los Angeles, Ca and have no idea what's the starting pay for a new RN although I currenty work in a hospital. What are the hours usually for MWF? Is dialysis nursing also good for travel nursing? Oh I know I have lots to know yet it's because I'm super interested.
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    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I'm a seasoned RN, but am new to dialysis. I work at a Fresenius unit. One of my best friends works for Gambro in AZ. She was sent to San Diego for training. Her unit is pretty calm and smooth running. Mine is noisy, very chaotic.
    I had 6 weeks on the job orientation/training. Sounds like a long time, but dialysis is so different from others kinds of nursing, a long training period is needed.
    I started at $21./hr, she started at $18./hr. You will probably start higher because of your geographical area.
    I've gotten emails from Gambro recriuting RNs to work in AZ. They pay relocation and sign on bonuses for some locations.

    If you work MWF or Tu Th Sa you will have the same group of pts, so you'll get to know them well.

    There is a need for dialysis nurses. Rewarding? That depends on how well your unit is managed. I had the shift from hell today.
    I had 6 months of hell working for an innovative dialysis clinic here in California. Yes, you are right about saying that it depends on the managers. The nurse manager that I worked for did not perform her job well. She really sucks as a nurse manager and should have fired herself.

    Nursing is a tough business and working in a dialysis clinic is no cake walk. Ya have to work with technicians who think they know all the answers while they work under your license. You are ultimately responsible for the outcome of all patient care. You'll work with some awesome techs who really know their jobs and then there's the techs who will make life hell.

    I complained to the nurse manager about a particular tech who was performing clinical actions without my consent. I made the manager aware and she did nothing about it. I saved this company from a lawsuit..Patients could have died..Ultimately, I was the one who was terminated..as the nurse manager blamed me for techs leaving the company. I was the scapegoat when in fact it was the result of her not doing her job.

    When interviewing for such positions you MUST ASK a lot of questions. Make sure you understand the consequences of taking on the team leader position in the dialysis clinic. Make sure the nurse manager is sincere with regard to the way she answers your questions. Honestly, during my initial interview I felt that she was not being completely honest with me. But, at the time, I was desperate to find a job immediately and she wanted to hire me immediately. She was just as desperate as me..DONT BE DESPERATE! Take you time and find the right job. Ask why there is an opening. Is there a high turnover? Chances are if there is..its cuz the management sucks..Best to move on. I later learned that she has a history of firing people and or the nurses left before they were fired. This clinic had gone through 5 nurse in 4 years for the same MWF shift.
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    Quote from YOGI_NAMASTE
    I'm in Los Angeles, Ca and have no idea what's the starting pay for a new RN although I currenty work in a hospital. What are the hours usually for MWF? Is dialysis nursing also good for travel nursing? Oh I know I have lots to know yet it's because I'm super interested.
    I'm not a dialysis nurse, but I am a travel nurse -
    YES, there are almost always listings for dialysis travel nurses! In fact, there aren't too many specialties out there anymore that don't have opportunities for travelers.
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    I agree with Helllllo Nurse (enough l's?). I have been working in dialysis both haemo and PD for over two years now and still feel lacking in knowldge. there are a lot of grey areas as no two nurses do dialysis treatments the same way!
    Secondly a good management is so important. The work can be very high stress especially if you wor in an acute area and if there a too many clients for the available slots!
    The structure of hospitals etc. her in Oz is very different. I work in a public hospital (state govt) so we don't get the "firing" issues as described in previous posts. Very few dialysis unit are "private" and owned by the likes of Gambro, fresenius and Baxter.
    Additionally, Ii work very civil hours (for nursing).
    And finally, how to get into dialaysis nursing?........Ask for a job!
    Good Luck
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    You could check with your local hospitals too. They may have an AKU or even a chronic unit that you could work at. I'm currently a tech at a clinic that is through a local hospital. Just make sure wherever you go has good training/orientation. Our RN's go through the same stuff as techs (with additional training on the nursing part of dialysis...care plans, meds, etc), which lasts 8-12 weeks, part of which is at the clinical site with a preceptor.
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    Hi! I am new to this site and am not sure if I am doing this correctly. I have a few questions re: dialysis nursing as I have an interview this Friday!! Can you give me a few pointers or advice on what type of questions I should be asking? I have been in nursing since 1995 mostly in SNF and looking for a change!! Stress I can handle as I am an ADON and supervise 130 nursing staff in a 160 bed facility. Can you help??:uhoh21:
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