Why are dialysis nurses paid less? - page 3

by luv_acute_HD | 45,440 Views | 24 Comments

We have to have in depth knowledge of dialysis! Ex:1)the effects of dialysis on the body 2) the "normal" abnormal lab values of these patients 3) we... Read More


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    I didn't realize that Dialysis RN were being paid less - in Iowa paramedics and LPN can preform dialysis treatments with the supervision of an RN so when I worked the unit I had my own 5 patients running and would take them off and put on another set of 5 during my shift as well as supervise the runs of the other LPN and paramedic. The LPN and paramedic got paid less - not me, not that Iowa pay is great or anything $19/hr is not going to make me rich quick.
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    The staff that was qualified to perform acute hemodialysis was all RN staff and got paid the same as any other RN in the hospital. LPN and paramedic used only for chronic ESRD clients.
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    Quote from island40
    I didn't realize that Dialysis RN were being paid less - in Iowa paramedics and LPN can preform dialysis treatments with the supervision of an RN so when I worked the unit I had my own 5 patients running and would take them off and put on another set of 5 during my shift as well as supervise the runs of the other LPN and paramedic. The LPN and paramedic got paid less - not me, not that Iowa pay is great or anything $19/hr is not going to make me rich quick.
    This is 2 ...I don't know what 2 say... I'd rather watch a killer/slasher movie than have your job...& I hate those kinds of movies...
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    I have been a nurse for almost 19 years and I have served the academe, the floor,the ER, the OR, the Birthing Unit and the Nursing Homes, my current specialization is at chronic dialysis now serving for 2 years . WHEN A NURSE, YOU ARE ALWAYS A NURSE no matter what and where you are. We are NURSES because we know we do care for people that needs our help, expertise and empathy. Dialysis nurses in our state are well compensated, we do not have doctors that are constantly in the floor to oversee our activities. We consider ourselves confident and competent in saving lives not only during treatments but whenever patients have almost coded, we revive them, we do head to toe assessments and we are educators for their compliance to their meds, diet, and tx. We give IV antibiotics, and IV meds to recuperate ailing lab values. We do whatever floor nurses do, Dialysis Nursing is nursing beyond the books you learned in school, it is a kind of nursing where patients become your friends and your family.
    lindarn and 3cdn1usa like this.
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    I am in outpatient. In my area, dialysis nurses seem to make the most out of all other nursing. Acutes also make more.


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