Dialysis Training for Registered Nurses: Careers in Nephrology

If you are currently work as a Registered Nurse and interested in obtaining additional training to perform dialysis on patients, then you’ll need to know more about the training and educational requirements. Dialysis is a medical procedure performed on patients whose kidneys are not working properly. Your kidneys filter the waste in your body and when your kidneys are not performing their function, dialysis is performed to carry out their functions.

Dialysis Nurses are considered a specialty nursing area. Another term for this type of nursing is Nephrology Nursing. You must have a Registered Nurse certification, and be licensed in your state.
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Nephrology Nursing Continuing Education: Keeping Skills Up to Date

As is the case with many professions in the medical field, continuing education is an integral part of being a Nephrology Nurse, as ongoing learning is required in order to stay certified. But first, individuals must meet one of three certification levels before they can even begin working as this type of nurse, which is a specialization that treats patients who either have or at risk for kidney disease.

Certified Dialysis Nurses are Registered Nurses who have done at least 2,000 hours of Nephrology Care as well as 60 hours of continuing education in areas such as dialysis training. Nurses who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees can begin working in this field, once they meet additional requirements, set forth by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. And finally, RNs who have at least a nursing masters degree and are able to meet other advanced requirements can become Certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioners.
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