A dialysis nurse is a registered nurse who has specialized in assisting doctors provide care to patients with renal problems. Mostly, a dialysis nurse works in a dedicated renal facility or unit, assisting technicians and doctors perform dialysis on assigned patients.
Like any other person working in a healthcare capacity, a dialysis nurse is also expected to be patient, clearheaded and exceptionally quick on her feet so that any emergent situations can be handled with due diligence. In addition to this, it is important for her to be able to calm down nervous patients and family members so that their actions do not affect the dialysis procedure or the sensitive time after it.
Eligibility criteria to work as a dialysis nurse includes a nursing license, with a specialty in working with patients who have renal dysfunctions. Working at this position means that you will be performing the regular duties of a registered nurse such as talking and recording vitals, handling IVs and IMs, administering medication and providing patient education, in addition to setting up dialysis equipment, preparing patients for procedures and assisting technicians throughout the process.
Job Description for Dialysis Nurse Resume
• Assess each client based on his or her past medical histories and assist in creating correlating plans of care
• Take and record patients’ vitals before each dialysis procedure and communicate any causes for concern to the technician or presiding doctor
• Educate patients and their families about what the dialysis procedure involves and what to expect during and after each procedure
• Assist technicians in setting up dialysis equipment and machines and ensure that all supplies and instruments are made available
• Observe patients during the dialysis procedure and communicate any issues such as extreme discomfort or a fall it rise in vitals to the doctor in an immediate manner
• Secure blood work and determine through tests if dialysis treatment has been successful
• Operate dialysis machines, prime dialyzers and bloodlines and perform catheterizing activities
• Coordinate efforts with transplant units to assist patients in following up with their cases
• Provide patients and their families with information on symptoms and signs to be aware of as part of their in-home care strategies
• Assess patients’ response to treatment therapy making appropriate adjustments and modifications to treatment plans
• Ascertain that vascular access care is carried out according established procedures, by constantly monitoring and following the procedure
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