Expected salary for new dialysis RN-with no experience - page 2

Would like to know the average starting salary for a brand new dialysis RN with 6 weeks of training only, So. Calif area. I have been an RN for over 10 years with multi-area experience. :rolleyes:... Read More

  1. by   aiki
    hi to all r.n. i didn't know that dialysis nurses are paid less compared with nurses of other specialties.in my country, philippines they aren't paid that much.it's the same with nurses in the wards, of course depending on the no. of years of experience but the advantage is, you get free training in a big nephro hospital. i'm also new with dialysis department and i enjoyed it very much. the work is routinary but you have to be very careful with the patient's complains, you should be technically skilled with the machine andmost importantly, have universal precautions.

    i like this forum, it's gives me a lot of insight and i can also posts my concerns.thank you!!!
  2. by   misti_z
    I do not work HD but on a renal floor...........from what I hear though a new RN to the dialysis unit would be paid $16.50. Which is almost $2.00 more than what they start a new grad RN out at.
  3. by   Flockone
    I have many years critical care experience and several months ago signed on with a dialysis company per diem with no experience for 20.00 her hour and 22.00 per hour after 5 pm.
  4. by   tfur4jc
    New hire with a dialysis company here in Oklahoma, to start $15/hr with a raise to follow training. Not too shabby! However, I am a ICU/CCU nurse with 7 years exp. I am not sure if that went into play with my salary consideration or not.

    Now I am just hoping I like this specialty!! Doh! ; )
  5. by   TracyB,RN
    I'm in the 'burbs, south of Chicago & just started in Dialysis this week. I am making $16.00 per hour, while local hospitals are paying new grads 18 -19 per hour.
    The few dollars less per hour is so worth it to me. Lower pt loads, regular hours, Sundays & holidays off.

  6. by   hiker
    "Franky", humnbird- where the heck have ya beeeen?! This be KT, Katie here, just happened to ck out the stuff on dialysis nsg., as I am thinking about a switch, and found ya here! just wanted to say Hi! (BTW, I had NO idea dialysis nurses made such crummy $. Sounds like many like it though-what to do, what to do... I am havin a wee bit of a job search crisis. Please reply on here, humnbird. I've missed you and your wit. The other site is now requiring registration, which is probably a good thing-less sniping, but less lively, too! You take care!
  7. by   Kim Reyes
    I'm an LVN living in Silicon Valley, Ca (San Jose area) ---with approximately 11 years dialysis experience.

    I've done Burn Unit Acutes - ICU Acutes - CCU Acutes and Chronic Outpatient Clinic and cross trained in CAPD.

    I'm making $23.08 and our union is attempting to negotiate a raise.
  8. by   clorinda_clores
    Hi 2 all! Im a dialysis nurse offered 4 a post in tennessee 4 $13.00 during training....
  9. by   wif411
    I am a RN with 16 yrs of experience in telemetry, med-surg, and geriatrics. I started in dialysis 3 yrs ago at $16.00 per hr. Now I am working in acute unit in small hospital---contracted through same company I started with. I am at $18 now and up for raise for 3 yr anniversary.
    Dialysis is like no other nursing I have done. It requires more involved skills than telemetry. By this I mean, I was prepared for telemetry fresh out of nsg school. I learned no dialysis skills in nsg school other than A&P.
    It took 1yr for me to feel comfortable with dialysis skills.
    It combines all the main systems--cardio, pulm, etc.
    Good Luck
  10. by   patadney
    In general,machines are disinfected daily and disinfected with bleach solution weekly and pt with communicable diseases (MRSA,hepatitis,VRE are either dialyzed in an isolation rm or apart from other pt and the machine used is the one at the end of the line.I think that's pretty standard.
  11. by   babs_rn
    I work for a Davita facility and I was paid according to my actual years of nursing experience. And they trained me - including two separate weeks of classroom theory training. I think they realize that you're not going to get good quality nurses (and CCU experience DOES help - mine is certainly appreciated when patients start going bad) at a lower level of pay. It's a fact of life I think not too many companies realize: if you pay more, you get to be a little choosier.

  12. by   jnette
    Hi Humn'brd !
    At our clinic (and all the clinics in our LARGE company) it is common routine and EXPECTED that the RNs carry a patient load and perform all the duties you described..these are not just
    "tech" duties, but are divided equally amongst all staff but the DON. She, however does help out a lot on the floor as often as possible and as needed, especially first thing in the morning, and during shift change-over. So if you're charge nurse for the day (regardless of whether the DON is present that day), you would still carry a "side", or 4pts. plus your charge duties. We usually have one RN on per day (not including the DON who may or may not be present). The RN and the LPNs draw up and admin. the meds along with all the other duties you described. The techs will do most of the "heavy lifting" of supplies, stocking, etc., but other than that we are all in it together and do our best to help each other out regardless of title. I believe it's that way in most clinics. I have yet to hear of one where an RN doesn't have to set up machines, clean them, etc., etc. Maybe I'm wrong.. I'd like to know how other clinics do this. Perhaps this post will draw a response and describe routines in other states or areas or companies. I'm curious to know !
  13. by   Diva
    In the big city, dialysis RN's generally make about $30/hr.

    The duties vary depending upon the individual unit. In chronic units nurses often have a patient care assignment along with medication and charting assignments. However, that is not set in stone.

    There are many variations of staffing and it varies from unit to unit, even within those units owned by the same companies.

    One of the great benefits of dialysis nursing is every Sunday off and alternate Saturdays. That schedule is pretty much standard everywhere.

    I'd like to hear more about dialysis nursing from others.