how do i become a dialysis nurse

  1. 0 how do i become a dialysis nurse. i need the specifics. all the dialysis nurses i talk to give me a run about story. how do you train to be a dialysis nurse. is there a program. simple answer will do. if u are a dialysis nurse please help. thank you
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  4. Visit  rdnkmommy profile page
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    A classmate of mine job got hired at a dialysis center in Dallas. They are providing all the training straight out of school. I would just apply at centers. Good luck!
  5. Visit  lweatherby profile page
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    Davita hires GNs.
  6. Visit  noctanol profile page
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    thanks alot, i thought davita wanted nurses with infusion/iv therapy experience which i dont have, ill try to apply
  7. Visit  cuteRn2be profile page
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    How much does Davita pays GN ?
  8. Visit  nursebethat profile page
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    The question is why do you want to be a dialysis nurse especially without any real nursing experience. There are dialysis schools for experienced nurses and tech who assist nurses. Also, you would get paid less in a center than in a hospital. Working in dialysis is scary...you can loose a patient which you are monitoring while a tech is doing most of the work...then what do you do without the nursing knowledge one gains with experience. :spin:
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  9. Visit  RedhairedNurse profile page
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    Quote from nursebethat
    The question is why do you want to be a dialysis nurse especially without any real nursing experience. There are dialysis schools for experienced nurses and tech who assist nurses. Also, you would get paid less in a center than in a hospital. Working in dialysis is scary...you can loose a patient which you are monitoring while a tech is doing most of the work...then what do you do without the nursing knowledge one gains with experience. :spin:

    A BIG KUDOS !!!

    Dialysis is some serious nursing work that requires very critical thinking.
    How are you going to access a dialysis port when you haven't even done
    your share of starting IVs. Just a thought, I wouldn't want to do it, not
    until I got some nursing exp.
  10. Visit  NDXUFan profile page
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    To be a great dialysis nurse, treat the patients like adults, not children.
  11. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Many of the freestanding dialysis centers will hire new grad nurses and train them. However, as others have stated previously, these patients can crash in a split second.
  12. Visit  pam g profile page
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    I live just west of Houston, TX. I have been an RN since 1996, working in L&D, Postpartum and Nursery.

    Since I don't have the required "one year of experience", I have been turned down for every dialysis job I've applied for, and this includes Davita, who claims to hire even new grads.

    It appears to me that nurses in dialysis got into it because they knew someone.

    If nurses are in such demand, then why not waive that required one year of experience? It doesn't make sense to me.
  13. Visit  txspadequeenRN profile page
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    i dont work in dialysis but 2 of my patients have crashed and died during dialysis in the last month....i thought you had to have icu experience but maybe wrong on that.....
  14. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from pam g
    If nurses are in such demand, then why not waive that required one year of experience? It doesn't make sense to me.
    Due to the economic situation in this country, nurses are not in demand today in the same manner that they were five years ago. There is absolutely no nursing shortage. Since there are so many nurses flooding local job markets across the U.S., employers can pick and choose who they want to hire.
  15. Visit  pam g profile page
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    I wish the media would stop already with the "nursing shortage" BS.

    I had a professor that said "there is no shortage of nurses, just a shortage of nurses that work"....
    so true. I did a quick internet search and found in Texas, Harris County and Houston, there are tons
    of nurses, but they aren't all working.

    My husband brought up a good point as well....that places may prefer new grads because they don't have to pay them as much as an experienced RN. Hiring a new grad with zero years vs an experienced nurse starting over in a new specialty, saves them quite a bit of money.

    I've even considered leaving out my nursing experience on my resume, but the date on my license would give me away eventually.

    I would never have thought that experience in the nursing field would be a disadvantage.

    @txspadequeenRN: I've never worked in dialysis, but a code is a code is a code....the folks who go to dialysis are medically fragile patients to begin with, right? I think it may have been a coincidence that they were called home during dialysis rather then someplace else. The dialysis process alone is physiologically stressful, so it would make sense to me that patients undergoing it are at higher risk for coding. But then again, I'm not a dialysis nurse, so, what do i know, right? don't have that magical "one year"....hahahaha

    So, it looks to me like I'm SOL as far as dialysis goes for now.


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