Nurses work in different capacities depending on their interest and field of specialization. Hemodialysis nurses provide special care to patients undergoing treatments for renal problems. Hemodialysis nurses are certified nurses who specialize in handling patients who may have problems with their kidneys. They are trained in performing the many tasks that are associated with managing medication and procedures aimed at helping patients with kidney issues.
Hemodialysis nurses provide direct care to patients; they are trained in charting out care plans for patients with renal problems. Essentially, they provide the same care that a regular nurse would with exception to the fact that they assist patients during a dialysis procedure.
It is the duty of a hemodialysis nurse to make sure that dialysis equipment is set prior to a procedure and patients are ready. It is also her duty to make sure that accompanying documents such as patients’ records and histories are complete. It is important for hemodialysis nurses to possess some experience in a regular nursing stream before they can opt for this specialization.
Job Description for Hemodialysis Nurse Resume
• Create and implement care plans according to each patient’s condition
• Provide direct patient care by administering medication and IVs
• Take and record patients’ vitals on a regular basis
• Observe patients for signs of improvement or deterioration and report findings to the nurse manager
• Educate patients and families about renal diseases and their management procedures
• Provide patients with information on how to prepare for renal exams and procedures
• Provide support in priming dializers and bloodlines and readying dialysis equipment
• Ensure that dialysis equipment is in good working condition before a scheduled procedure
• Assist patients in getting ready for a hemodialysis procedure
• Accompany patients to procedure rooms and ensure their comfort before and during the procedure
• Assist in hooking patients up to dialysis machines and observe them for discomfort or pain
• Evaluate patients’ reaction to dialysis procedures and make sure that each observation is documented properly
• Ensure that patients’ vitals during dialysis procedures are observed constantly
• Place catheters and ensure that both permanent and temporary catheters are cleaned properly
• Explain post treatment and home care activities that patients need to manage
• Respond to emergency situations during dialysis procedures
• Make sure that patients are carefully and safely transported back to their rooms once a dialysis procedure has ended
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