Nursing student w/ Dialysis Nursing employment

  1. hello, i am new to this board. but i have several questions! (of course) i graduate in august of this year, and have been trying to decide which field of nursing i would like to go into. wondering if any of you can give me some input on the dialysis side. i have had several pts on it, and i really would love to be a dialysis nurse, but want the scoop first! pay doesnt matter, but always want to know, what strengths you should possess....etc...anything if you feel like responding!! thank you so much!!!!!!

    chelle
    "there is a light at the end of the tunnel....mine is comming soon"
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  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Well, I'm a dialysis nurse. You need to be technically inclined. The machines can be complicated. There is a lot of blood in dialysis, so it would help to not be squeemish. Quite a few dialysis pts have HIV, HBV, HCV, etc. There is a lot of pressure move quickly in dialysis. Don't let the pressure make you forget to use your universal precautions. You don't want to be exposed to these viruses.

    Dialysis staff, in chronics, anyway, stand on their feet 10-12 hrs and day, and do a lot of heavy lifting, so that can't be a problem.

    I would recommend working in a smaller clinic, 20 chairs or less. The large clinics can be very chaotic and stressful. Good assessment skills are essential. You must continually assess and reassess your pts throughout their tx. Being able to spot trouble before it occurs, and prevent problems with your pts is very important, as well.

    Peritoneal dialysis is growing, as most pts do much better on it than they do on hemo, and PD is much more profitable.

    Why not see if you can observe the nurses and techs at a local clinic?
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on May 14, '04
  4. by   Nursing N 2004
    Quote from hellllllo nurse
    well, i'm a dialysis nurse. you need to be technically inclined. the machines can be complicated. there is a lot of blood in dialysis, so it would help to not be squeemish. quite a few dialysis pts have hiv, hbv, hcv, etc. there is a lot of pressure move quickly in dialysis. don't let the pressure make you forget to use your universal precautions. you don't want to be exposed to these viruses.

    dialysis staff, in chronics, anyway, stand on their feet 10-12 hrs and day, and do a lot of heavy lifting, so that can't be a problem.

    i would recommend working in a smaller clinic, 20 chairs or less. the large clinics can be very chaotic and stressful. good assessment skills are essential. you must continually assess and reassess your pts throughout their tx. being able to spot trouble before it occurs, and prevent problems with your pts is very important, as well.

    peritoneal dialysis is growing, as most pts do much better on it than they do on hemo, and pd is much more profitable.

    why not see if you can observe the nurses and techs at a local clinic?
    thank you so much!!!! i really appreciate your insight. i have a friend whose mother, that i am also close too, that has been a dialysis nurse for years and years...said that they would love for me to come work there when i am finished. i am trying to find out if i can "shadow" there and see if i would like it and be at any help!!! i can do anything its just finding where i would be most useful.....not sure if i should be so undecided where to go..............................but lately i am! thanks again


    michelle

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