Dialysis nursing allows you to play a critical role in saving lives daily. As a dialysis travel nurse, your patients will be among the nearly one-half million Americans on kidney dialysis. American rates for end-stage renal disease (kidney failure that requires dialysis or transplantation) are among the highest worldwide (U.S. Renal Data System), so dialysis nurses are needed now more than ever!
To be a successful dialysis travel nurse, you must have extensive knowledge of bodily processes, proficiency with specialized medical equipment, and strong communication skills. In addition to treating kidney disease, your role will include educating patients and families, collaborating with the healthcare team, and promoting patient safety.
As a dialysis travel nurse, you may have patients of any age. You could work at a private practice, hospital, community health center, government facility, dialysis center, nursing home, or home health. You will likely be caring for patients who require chronic or acute hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Your responsibilities as a dialysis travel nurse can include:
Most dialysis nurses have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some have gone on to earn master’s or doctorate degrees. Others have approached the field through a diploma or associate’s degree and have taken continuing education to earn their requisite hours.
All dialysis nurses must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. Nurses may become certified in dialysis through the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission which offers several options for dialysis nurse certification.
Dialysis nurse salary varies according to credentials, location, and facility. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for RNs as $70,000 with the highest 10 percent earning more than $104,100 and the lowest 10 percent earning less than $48,690.
Dialysis travel nurse salary closely aligns with that of nurses in permanent positions; however, dialysis travel nurses receive hourly compensation through their travel nursing agency rather than a salary directly from the healthcare facility. Travel nursing perks such as sign-on and completion bonuses, paid housing and travel reimbursements, and education assistance add to the appeal of traveling as a dialysis nurse.
The field of nursing is forecasted to expand by 15 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth is due to an increase in the aging population and to hospitals sending patients home earlier. Dialysis nurses are in even greater demand because the incidence of those needing this life-saving kidney treatment is on the rise. With increases in life expectancy and improvements in healthcare technology, dialysis travel nurse jobs are abundant. Find your ideal travel dialysis nurse job with Cross Country TravCorps.
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