Expected salary for new dialysis RN-with no experience

  1. 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.
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  3. by   E-RN
    Originally posted by Hum'nbird:
    <STRONG>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. </STRONG>
  4. by   E-RN
    Originally posted by Hum'nbird:
    <STRONG>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. </STRONG>

    Gambro would train you. Starting salary is 16.00/hr ( I know bummer), then they would bring you up to 21.00 after 6 months. Even if a nurse has 10 years experience, dialysis is so different and the skills needed are learned in dialysis. It is important to stay at one place and learn the skills vs. changing jobs to look for the almighty $$$.Even with 6 months experience don't expect to get paid much more than that from other companies unless they are desparate. If they are you, will put yourself in situations you may not want to be responsible for. I have seen many new dialysis RN's leave the field because they were left in charge of units, as the only RN to find out they don't know what to do with emergency situations involving the water room, reuse, or problems in the clinic with machines. Enjoy being new and learning the responsibility vs. having it thrown at you.
  5. by   Hum'nbird
    Thank you E-RN, I appreciate your input. I can't imagine starting out at $16.00/hr!!! This is less money than I got fresh out of nsg. school. Do you have your CNN? Are there any quirks in getting this cert?
  6. by   ecb
    I was just interviewed for a job that offered 20-23 an hour, should I worry?
  7. by   suzanne_58
    Sounds good to me. I'm in Ohio and make $18.
  8. by   phyll
    I am a haemodialysis RN living and workin in the UK. I have over 5 years experience in this field. I am in charge of the unit while I am on duty. For this I am paid just over $12/hr and in the UK it is much more expensive to live.
  9. by   NephRN
    Yikes!! Feeling bad for the RN in the UK... and I thought Florida pay was bad! I am, however, feeling good about Florida pay now that I see what nurses in Ohio and PA are making. Don't worry, it's comparable... I just always always thought that "Northern" nurses made boatloads more money. Guess Florida is starting to get with the program noow that our nursing shortage is "Critical".
    Anyway, to answer your CNN question... I don't know of any perks involved in obtaining CNN status other than those of self satisfaction and professional recognition. I am a devoted member of the ANNA (American Nephrology Nurses Association) and believe that all nephrology nurses should obtain CDN or CNN status. It shows that you are knowledgeable and committed to your field of practice. It also tells your patients that you are qualified to care for them. Think about it.
  10. by   Esrun
    HI...I'm a new HD RN in Phoenix, AZ and we are receiving $19 an hour plus a sign on bonus of $1500. I have 6 years of experience. What everyone says is true...it is new and different and nothing you ever learned in school!! I love it....different enough to satisfy me at this point in time...I come out of acute care in a large hospital where we were being worked to death most of the time. I got tired of risking my license every night so looked for something that was more do-able and safer on the risk...every job has risks but at least my patient ratio is much more manageable...3 or 4 to 1. Can't believe what the UK is paying...that's terrible!! Less than what we pay our LPN's as new grads! For you new to Dialysis Nurses...I agree, take the time to learn it well and enjoy the job...money is not everything...I took a $7/hr cut!! But...I'm much happier..now if I could just get used to getting up at 3 am! LOL
  11. by   Hum'nbird
    Thanks for all the replies. What a diverse world we live in, huh? How can salaries vary so much depending on geographics, amazing! And for England, well that squashes my desire to ever go back there and work, let me tell ya. I lived there from 1976 - 1979 and just loved it. Maybe because I didn't have to work at that time in my life. I have a new dilemna now. The place I work at now is under staffed with techs. I am expected to perform their work, everything from cleaning machines, priming, putting pts. on, monitoring them, take off - and do it all over again when next shift starts. I'm also charge nurse and work the desk, unbelievably unfair!!!! I work TTS and the administrator doesn't care. What kills me is that MWF has a full staff and are doing fine. I'm ready to quit already and I've only been there a little more than a month
  12. by   patadney
    I have worked in dialysis for 15 yr and do enjoy it. Last 4 yr have been traveling. That is the best pay-have made up to 25$ per hr.The reason I left my unit was that I had been there for 10 yr and done everything-acutes,CAPD,charge,ets and was still not above mid-level in pay. Have had my CNN for 6 yr and you don't get paid any more or anything except respect,but I enjoy the respect. Pat-e
  13. by   TELEpathicRN
    Just got hired on in a chronic unit in AL, starting pay $16/hr. I know it sounds bad, but when the starting pay at the hospitals is 12-15/hr, doesnt sound that bad. Have 4.5 yrs nursing experience.
  14. by   patadney
    I am surprised that dialysis pay is so low around the country.It is a specialized area and you need years of experience to supervise in this area.It sounds like you are working under unsafe conditions.People can die there. The hardest part about working in dialysis units is that they are run by techs. If you are supervising,you should not be carrying a patient load as well. In Arizona where I wintered,the techs could not connect a pt to the machine until an RN had doublechecked the dialyzer,prescription,bath and attempted wt loss. Another unit had 2 techs double check before the pt even came in. Generally,however,the techs decide who will run for the full tx time,who will sit where,etc. and the RN is so busy running naround giving iv meds that she is unaware that these deciusions have been made.Lately, I have enjoyed doing acutes. The pt are sicker, but I have more autonomy. Good luck in finding the right job for you.