Renal Dialysis Nursing

How to Become a Renal Dialysis Nurse

Dialysis nurses, also called renal or nephrology nurses, focus on conditions of the kidney. Dialysis nurses must be aware of the signs of kidney failure and must evaluate their patients regularly to make sure treatments are effective. Dialysis nurses develop a close relationship with patients and their families, as dialysis treatment is typically required three days a week. In addition, patients must be actively involved in their health management particularly nutrition and exercise to maximize the benefits.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN 2,000 HOURS OR MORE OF EXPERIENCE IN NEPHROLOGY NURSING
  • PASS YOUR NEPHROLOGY NURSING CERTIFICATION COMMISSION’S CERTIFIED DIALYSIS NURSE EXAM (CANDIDATES MUST HAVE CARED FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS WITHIN TWO YEARS AND  ALSO MUST HAVE COMPLETED 15 CONTACT HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION IN NEPHROLOGY NURSING.)

 

 

$50,000 - $90,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Consulting with doctors regarding a patient’s overall treatment plan
  • Alerting doctors to any changes in a patient’s condition
  • Ensuring that dialysis equipment is working properly
  • Working with a dialysis team and technicians who manage dialysis machine operation

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Freestanding or hospital-based dialysis units

Certification

RN, Certified Dialysis Nurse