Dialysis treatment acts as a filter for the body for individuals facing disease and failure of the kidneys. When kidneys don’t properly work to flush out toxins , assistance in the form of dialysis may be needed. However, the treatment for kidney disease and injury can vary depending on the circumstances. Dialysis falls into two categories: acute and chronic. So what is the difference between acute and chronic dialysis and dialysis nursing?

  • Where You Work
    Chronic dialysis nurses will typically work in clinics and meet with the same established set of patients for each treatment session. The schedules are usually more uniform and the work is generally predictable. Acute dialysis nurses work within hospitals with patients who need emergency dialysis, often due to some form of injury or trauma to the kidneys. This is a more fast-paced environment and contingent upon the patient load and the hospital.
  • Patient Relationships
    Since acute dialysis is often needed for patients who experience sudden renal failure, it is imperative that acute dialysis nurses have skills to communicate to both the patients and families about the procedure. Chronic patients tend to be more comfortable and familiar with the procedure, so chronic dialysis nurses are able to form more familiar bonds with individuals who come in regularly for treatment.
  • Salary and Education
    Nurses who choose to specialize in dialysis have several options when it comes to their education and career. Because of the more unpredictable nature of their schedule, acute dialysis nurses can receive on call pay as well as their regular salary. However, chronic dialysis jobs may be more attractive to someone looking for stability and a regular schedule. In either case, a dialysis nurse will require additional medical training to administer treatment.

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5 Responses to “Some Differences in Acute and Chronic Dialysis Nursing”

  1. Dana Loy

    I am interviewing for an acute and a chronic dialysis position. I did 3 months on a telemetry floor and it was not the right fit. How do I know which would be the right fit, chronic or acute? I don’t mind being on call every other weekend and possibly loosing pay if I am not called.

  2. Cathy Jones

    I have worked Acute Dialysis as a staff/charge nurse. What education is available to pursue career in a Dialysis Clinic?

    • Melissa Phelps

      If you have worked acutes, then transitioning to chronic is easy for you


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