What Does a Dialysis Nurse Do?

People who suffer from kidney failure depend on dialysis to do the work that their kidneys no longer can. Dialysis nurses offer patients a new lease on life by administering this life-prolonging procedure. Dialysis nurses are part of a larger specialty known as nephrology nursing, and they have an in-depth knowledge of kidney disease. They support, medicate, and monitor patients throughout dialysis as well as educate them on kidney disease and the lifestyle choices that help them to manage their disease.

Workplace Details

Dialysis is administered in a hospital, a freestanding clinic, or a patient’s home. Dialysis nurses work in any of these settings. Working hours tend to be more regular than in many other nursing specialties – mainly because patients who need dialysis are typically on a regular schedule of daytime treatment. Nurses in hospitals, however, are often called upon to perform dialysis on an emergency basis at any time of day or night. This schedule is usually accompanied by increased pay and offers nurses a chance to provide life-saving support.


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