Are you entering your career as a dialysis nurse? Whether this is your first nursing job or you’re transitioning into a dialysis environment, there are some things that will be helpful for you to know moving forward. While you will go through extensive training to ensure you’re providing proper care to your dialysis patients, there are some things that can help you get started. Being as prepared as possible with giving you the tools you need to succeed in this environment.

Handling patient problems

The first step is to approach your patients with the attitude that they understand their body and illness, even if they don’t have your knowledge and skill to back up their feelings. When you’re presented with a patient problem, take the time to listen to them fully. Take time to ask them questions about their experiences to help you provide better care in the future.

Getting along with other staff

Another great resource for your new career as a dialysis nurse are the other employees within the clinic setting. Other dialysis nurses can help you learn the ropes, but also talk with the techs and administrative staff to help you better understand how the processes work within your specific environment. The more you learn, the better you will be at collaborating.

Communicating with doctors

Practicing good communications techniques are important regardless of who you’re speaking with, but many entry-level nurses feel nervous speaking with doctors. Don’t worry about feeling insignificant. You work with the patients on a regular basis, so it is okay if you’re willing to advocate for them when speaking with their doctor about the treatment.

Managing your time

Finally, a dialysis nurse needs to understand time management practices. With each patient, you don’t want to rush their experience but there will be situations that need to be expedited depending on the workload and other issues that come up. Here is another tool you can learn from the staff around you. How do they handle these situations we they arise?

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