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What meds are typically administered in an outpatient dialysis clinic.

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by vegasmomma vegasmomma (Member)

vegasmomma has 3 years experience .

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I'm considering applying for Davita or other clinic like this but I don't know much about what a dialysis nurse actually does. The techs are the ones who actually hook up patients and run machines right? Can anyone give me ideas on what a nurse might do and give in various scenarios? What do physicians usually order? Etc.

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Hi vegasmomma,

I'm a dialysis nurse and as a nurse you have to supervise the techs. You have to pass meds. You have to do a lot of critical thinking and prioritize as it is a busy world in dialysis. You also need to know how to connect the pts. to the dialysis machines. You will learn a lot when they train you.

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vegasmomma has 3 years experience.

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Ok thanks for replying. I have heard the training is good. But I'm curious what meds are usually passed during dialysis? It seems like meds would be held until after so they aren't filtered out or effect blood pressure. Pain meds? Ativan?

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Actually usual meds are epo, zemplar, heparin. No controlled substances are available.

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vegasmomma has 3 years experience.

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Thank you!

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bahamagirlrn has 22 years experience.

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Also Venofer or Ferrlicit is given and these are iron compounds given via the venous machine line.

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GPatty has 15 years experience and works as a RN..... what else? 😊.

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I am just starting as a dialysis nurse, and let me tell you.... thank goodness for the training! And my preceptors! I don't know what I would do wothout them... I have learned how to string a machine, use CVC caths, fistulas and grafts.... dialysis is an amazing specialty and I am enjoying every second of it... although I have a feeling I will continue to learn for years to come. Best of luck to you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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