Dialysis Technician can be a rewarding career. An estimated 26 million adults in the United States have Chronic Kidney Disease. According to the CDC about 48 percent of those adults are not aware of this condition until they are at Stage 4, which is severe kidney disease. When a person reaches end stage Kidney Failure they must be treated by Dialysis. Dialysis provides the functions that a healthy kidney would provide by removing waste from the body, controlling blood pressure and keeping potassium and sodium at safe levels in the body.
As a Dialysis Technician you are responsible for providing services to the patient suffering with Kidney Failure. For people that enjoy helping others this is a great career to go into. The path to becoming a Dialysis Technician involves having a high school diploma and then graduating from an accredited program and successful achievement of certification within 18 months of acquiring a job. The majority of the skills needed are provided by on the job training where the technician learns to understand the principles of dialysis. Most importantly they are educated on how to provide for the emotional and physical needs of the patients as they go through dialysis. Additional certifications in nephrology can be acquired by the Dialysis Technician that meets the requirements to take the exam.
The duties of the dialysis technician are testing monitors and machine functions, obtain vital signs prior to dialysis including weight, and temperature. They administer anticoagulant, measure and adjust blood flow rates. They also work with the registered nurses to ensure that all of the patients needs are met including any nutritional, psychosocial and medical and concerns.
The salary range for a starting Dialysis Technician varies depending on the state. The median salary across the United States is $32,978. For a career that can be attained quickly this is a good salary, one that is well above the minimum wage. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statics the Job Outlook for the Dialysis Technician which is listed with that of the Laboratory Technician is expected to grow by 11 percent through 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
If you need a career change and enjoy helping others get through what can be a very difficult time in their lives; Dialysis Technician could be the career that you are looking for. The job is rewarding and training can be completed in a short period of time.