Dialysis nursing is an in-demand field. If you’ve been working as an acute dialysis nurse, you may consider altering your career to become a chronic dialysis nurse. What is the difference? How does it affect your day to day duties? There is a nationwide need for either specialty, so you may want to weigh your options based on your preference and how you see your career progressing. Let’s take a closer look.

What is Acute Dialysis Nursing

Acute dialysis is a treatment used to help treat patients with acute kidney failure. In this sense, the patients are expected to recover and no longer need dialysis treatments. Acute dialysis nurses will see a variety of patients come and go from treatment as their needs change.

What is Chronic Dialysis Nursing

In some cases, patients will require lifelong dialysis due to chronic kidney failure. For these patients, it’s helpful to have the same nurse or team of nurses available to administer the dialysis treatment. They will be on dialysis for the remainder of their lives.

Day to Day Duties

Regardless of which form of dialysis you specialize in, an average day will be generally the same. You will check the vital signs of the patients, talk with them to assess their condition, educate them on their disease and the treatment, and answer any questions they may have. You will also oversee the entire dialysis treatment. If you decide to transition from acute to chronic dialysis nursing, you may find that you are caring for the same people and your role in their lives will change.

Demand for Nurse Specialists

Dialysis nurses are in demand for both local and travel nursing jobs. According to the US Department of Labor, nursing is growing as a field. Kidney disease is a common concern in the U.S. and the need for trained dialysis nurses, for both acute and chronic dialysis, will continue to rise.

You may also want to keep in mind that there is a high demand for dialysis nurses who travel. Travel nursing can be a very rewarding experience. You’ll have the opportunity to experience high paying jobs in multiple locations.

Could a Career in Dialysis Nursing be Right for You?

Fortus Healthcare Resources is hiring both acute and chronic dialysis nurses, speak to one of our recruiters today, or apply online.



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