Salary

  1. Do dialysis nurses get paid that much? I worked in for dialysis for 1y 2 mos already and loved every minute of it. Thinking of retiring in this specialty but thinking of long term will it be worth it
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   StarBrownRN
    You can make all the money you are willing to work for, but how long can you work 60+ hour weeks?
  4. by   MrMango
    Dialysis is complicated, but in my experience pays well. I've been in dialysis for almost two years, the past 7 months at a major area hospital, in the acute dialysis setting. I make an awesome hourly rate with virtually all the overtime I want. I consistently am able to work between 50-60 hours a week, if I choose.

    Now it's just a question of how long I can go like this. The money is nice, but I can already see the potential of burnout on the horizon. I liked the consistency of a 40hr work week in outpatient chronic, so that's always a nice fall back.

    Bottom line: There is money, hours, and demand for dialysis nurses.
  5. by   dream06
    Quote from MrMango
    Dialysis is complicated, but in my experience pays well. I've been in dialysis for almost two years, the past 7 months at a major area hospital, in the acute dialysis setting. I make an awesome hourly rate with virtually all the overtime I want. I consistently am able to work between 50-60 hours a week, if I choose.

    Now it's just a question of how long I can go like this. The money is nice, but I can already see the potential of burnout on the horizon. I liked the consistency of a 40hr work week in outpatient chronic, so that's always a nice fall back.

    Bottom line: There is money, hours, and demand for dialysis nurses.
    What state do you work in?
  6. by   unknown_rn
    I work in MN and did inpatient acute dialysis. I just got hired as a floor nurse and got a $4 raise. I have been told by the older dialysis nurses that you don't get many raises at all and they're all merit based. They basically told me hindsight 20/20 they wouldn't have chosen this job had they known. I have talked to many floor nurses and they make a lot more money then us.
  7. by   unknown_rn
    Also hours and unstable, you are often on your own, and at least where I work 25% of the job is maintaining the dialysis machines...
  8. by   misslindzee
    My wage is comparable to the hospital I used to work in. It just depends on your specialty in the hospital and shift differentials but what I make now is on par with the ER I used to work in.
  9. by   tectonic6086
    In my experience, dialysis was underpaid and overworked. I loved my patients, but working 60+ hours per week wasn't my jam. I got 7$ per hour raise when I switched. But now I'm unionized and don't have access to overtime. It depends on what your priorities are--money or work/life balance.

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