Patient dialysis care in hospitals and various health care units are being assisted by nurses who have special training in the process of dialysis. Since there is a great demand for them and they are paid high, there is a passion among people in the field of medical profession to take up this career.
Named as urology, renal or nephrology nurses, dialysis nurses help the patient get rid of the waste from their body using dialysis equipments. There is also a very good contentment in this job since the nurses have the opportunity to care for patients for a long term.
Although the skills are varied, and there is a need for higher degrees and training, the job is found to be gratifying and rewarding for the people who do it. Assessment, scheduling, carrying out the plan and keeping records of nursing care for patients suffering from kidney failure are the tasks involved in dialysis nursing.
Beginning dialysis, keeping a watch on the rate of dialysis and the patient and stopping the dialysis process are only some of the responsibilities of a dialysis nurse. The patients exercise and diet are to be monitored by them along with all these. They work in close connection with doctors, specialists in nephrology and fellow nurses to give maximum care to the patients with renal failure.
The nurse also contacts the family members and near ones of the patient. The average annual remission of a dialysis nurse is nearly 65,000 dollars. That way it becomes one of the maximum salaried jobs in the medical field. The demand for these nurses in specialty hospitals and private clinics are high.
There is also a lack of professionals in this particular unit resulting in severe shortage of staff to fill up the available positions. So the available professionals in this field have to compensate the shortage by working long hours. Although some of these nurseries are employed in private clinics, they are more easily available in specialty clinics.
The extent to which the nurseries are trained in the dialysis procedures are varied according to the place where they are working. An Associate's Degree, certification as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and having at least two years of clinical training and experience are the minimum requirements.
Licensed Practical Nurses are commonly employed, but there is a preference for RNs. Moreover, they should be well aware of standard dialysis routine, concepts, and procedures within their particular field. They should be skilled and diligent in their job and have presence of mind to fulfill their job requirements. A department manager or unit head is usually monitors the setting in the health care facilities.