Hemodialysis nurses provide extensive care for patients who suffer from renal failure or chronic kidney conditions. They assist patients through dialysis treatments. Nursing care for hemodialysis patients is technically demanding
Dialysis is a procedure that is a substitute for many of the normal duties of the kidneys. Many dialysis nurses provide treatment for the same patients regularly and follow their care over time.
Hemodialysis nurses duties:
-educate the patient and family members on treatment issues
-educate the patient about preventative care
-check the patients’ vital signs
-set up equipment prior to the start of the dialysis procedure
-connect patient to dialysis machine to initiate procedure
-administer the anticoagulant
-monitor patient response during dialysis
-collect, document and analyze patient information before, during and after dialysis.
Most dialysis nurses work in hemodialysis centers, or they can treat a patient who have kidney problems at the patient’s home (peritoneal dialysis nurses). Many of the responsibilities of the peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home nurse hemodialysis are the same as in-center.
There are travel opportunities for hemodialysis nurses but locations can be sporadic. As such most successful travel dialysis nurses need to be flexible on locations.
Most employers seek dialysis nurses who have obtained an RN license from the state where that nurse works, a CPR certification, a CNN (Certified Nephrology Nurse) or CDN (Certified Dialysis Nurse) certification and hemodialysis or peritoneal experience.