As a dialysis technician, you offer life-saving care for your patients by operating the dialysis machine. The machine acts as an artificial kidney, filtering and removing wastes and excess fluids from the body. Patients who are on dialysis may have kidneys that are impaired or absent as a result of disease, injury, surgery, or kidney failure. You’ll operate the machine, monitor treatment, and maintain a safe and sterile environment for those under your care. The best dialysis techs are self-directed, responsible, meticulous, and diligent.
As a dialysis tech, your responsibilities will include assembling, operating, and maintaining the dialysis machine. You will prep patients for dialysis, administer local anesthetic, monitor patients during dialysis, and provide moral support and care during the process. You should feel comfortable providing patient and family education. You must be ready to handle emergencies and call on nurses and physicians for support. Finally, you must maintain clean conditions and use sterile methods during the process.
A typical path to becoming a dialysis tech is to complete an associate degree from a tech school or community college that has an approved program. You can then pursue certification through the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO), Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), or Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT). Requirements vary by state, so be sure to check out the dialysis tech regulations in your location.
The salary for a dialysis tech in 2018 was reported as between approximately $35,000 to $45,000. Travel dialysis tech salary closely aligns with that of permanent dialysis techs; however, travel dialysis tech pay is in the form of hourly compensation through the travel dialysis tech agency rather than as a salary directly from the healthcare facility. Travel perks such as paid housing and travel reimbursements, sign-on and completion bonuses, and education assistance add to the appeal of traveling as a dialysis tech.
The dialysis tech work environment can be fast-paced and demanding yet extremely rewarding. As a dialysis tech, you might work in a hospital, lab, dialysis center, or physician’s office. You may also work in home health care which will afford a slower-paced, mobile environment.
When you take on a travel assignment as a dialysis tech, you’ll have the freedom to choose when and where you want to work. You can enjoy the challenge and rewards of the career paired with the flexibility and fun of traveling someplace new. Join this exciting career and take your next assignment as a travel dialysis tech.
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