Do you have a desire to change your nursing specialty but want to continue as a travel nurse? I am doing a series of blog posts providing information on some of the more popular or in demand specialties. One of those specialties is that of a dialysis nurse. These nurses are a small part of the larger specialty called nephrology. Nephrology involves the study of the kidneys and the care that they require.
As we see the number of patients with kidney disease increase we will see the demand for this specialty to increase. Nurses who specialize in dialysis for patients with kidney disease are highly desired. A dialysis nurse might find work on a cruise ship or a resort making it possible for a dialysis patient to travel. Part of the responsibility includes the monitoring health of the patient to maintain stability while traveling.
- Most commonly performed tasks are maintaining and examining patient reports and records
- Monitoring patients for signs of change
- Administering medications
- Consulting with physicians and other medical personnel on a decisive plan of action
- Planning and implementing patient care
- Educating them on their condition, medications, and life-altering factors to help them maintain a balance of health
Keys to Success
- Must have a comprehensive knowledge of kidney disease and ability to put this knowledge to practice
- To operate the complex machinery you need technical skills
- Ability to work with the many types of intravenous lines
- A keen attention to detail and ability to adhere to protocols
- Dialysis nurses need strong motivational and educational skills for teaching patients of all ages and backgrounds about their disease
- Ability to motivate patients to take care of themselves
A Dialysis nurse will find this position to be highly rewarding for those who genuinely care for patients. Dialysis nursing is more rewarding than other specialties since dialysis saves lives on a regular basis.
This is a high demand position with excellent pay. If you are looking for a change consider becoming a Nephrology Nurse specialist.