Becoming a Certified Dialysis Nurse Yes/No?

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by NJCee NJCee, BSN Member

Specializes in Dialysis. Has 3 years experience.

I know dialysis nurses with an Associates degree and 2000 clinical hours can test for their CDN and nurse with a bachelors degree and 3000clinical hours can test for their CNN.

Does anyone know the pros to getting certified with DaVita? I know they pay for it if I pass. Will I get a merit increase or just another pin to put......wherever I put my other pins ? 

Sweetlillove

Sweetlillove, BSN, RN

Specializes in Dialysis. Has 6 years experience. 35 Posts

Honestly do not think it will help salary. Specially at DaVita. When you go to acute care it may hold some weight.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience. 20,961 Posts

It  makes very little difference in pay, but the satisfaction of having become certified can be priceless for some. Good luck.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,583 Posts

Don't know about DaVita, but for Fresenius, it's a requirement for CAP 3 and above, which does garner a raise. They are still revamping the CAP program, not sure what the requirements will be.

integrativenurse

Has 20 years experience. 47 Posts

On 11/19/2020 at 3:54 PM, NJCee said:

I know dialysis nurses with an Associates degree and 2000 clinical hours can test for their CDN and nurse with a bachelors degree and 3000clinical hours can test for their CNN.

Does anyone know the pros to getting certified with DaVita? I know they pay for it if I pass. Will I get a merit increase or just another pin to put......wherever I put my other pins ? 

DaVita doesn't pay extra for certification (CDN, CNN). I never heard that they will pay for the exam maybe they do now. It's nice to have for personal pride. If you're thinking about getting this to become a CC or FA, you don't need it -- if they're desperate and you have the qualifications, they'll grab you.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,583 Posts

On 12/25/2020 at 9:14 PM, Hoosier_RN said:

Don't know about DaVita, but for Fresenius, it's a requirement for CAP 3 and above, which does garner a raise. They are still revamping the CAP program, not sure what the requirements will be.

ETA: Fresenius CAP program changed, now required for level 4