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Travel Nursing: How to Succeed as an Introvert

What Are Travel Nurses

During certain seasons or circumstances, a hospital may not have enough registered nurses or specialty nurses. In these situations, hospitals rely on staffing agencies to fill the need with traveling nurses. If you are a nurse who has completed your schooling and has at least one year of on-site work, travel nursing may be an option for you. Hospitals may need additional nurses because of staffing changes, an increase in the patient population, or other circumstances like a technology change or flu season. 

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a travel nurse is working in multiple states and with new teams. Being a flexible travel nurse allows you to learn and teach in a new environment. Being a travel nurse also comes with freedoms like picking where to work, when to work, and choosing concentrated fields if you have the training. Travel nurses have the ability to renew their stay with a spot if available. Travel nursing also is a resume booster and can help you develop new skills. 

How to Succeed as an Introvert Travel Nurse

If you are an introvert, becoming a traveling nurse may seem like a less than ideal situation. The idea of meeting new people and teams may cause you some anxiety. However, there are some steps you can try to alleviate any nervousness about being a travel nurse.

  1. Carve out alone time: Alone time may look like reading a book, taking a walk, or seeing a movie. Time alone will help you be in your comfort zone, giving you the capacity to push yourself at work.
  2. Prepare to speak: Rehearsing dialogue in your head or out loud may help you answer when called on or put yourself out there to be successful. If you need to give speeches or talk in front of a crowd, rehearsing can give you confidence in what you say.
  3. Use Your Listening Skills: If you are not an active talker, use your listening skills to ask thoughtful questions or provide solutions.
  4. Think Before You Act: Introverts tend to think instead of acting and reacting. As a thinker, you can plan a decision. Thinking first will allow you to see both sides of the decision and make more informed choices.
  5. Use your writing: If you prefer not to speak as an introvert, use writing as your healthy way of communication. Combined with listening and planning skills, writing will not only be insightful but also relatable.
  6. Avoid Working the Room: As an introvert, attending events with lots of people can be anxiety-inducing. Instead of skipping them altogether or getting frantic, focus on speaking with one or two people. 
  7. Talk Up Your Knowledge: Many introverts do not enjoy talking about themselves, while many extroverts often share their accomplishments. Do not discount your achievements, but be insightful when speaking and share your actions.

Many of these techniques can increase your success as an introvert in a travel nurse career. Check out the ideas above and test each one to see which fits your career path.

Getting Started in Travel Nursing

If you are a registered nurse or specialist nurse who has completed your schooling and has one year of experience in a hospital, reach out to our agency for more information or to apply. Reach out to New Directions Staffing Services to discuss your future as a traveling nurse.

A dialysis nurse is a crucial member of the healthcare community. Here are tips to help you negotiate a fair compensation for your services.

How to Negotiate Your Salary As a Dialysis Nurse

Finally, after all of your hard work, you have graduated or are nearing your graduation with your RN degree. You have an emphasis on nephrology and dialysis nursing. Your compassion and caring make you an excellent candidate for a dialysis nurse. Your efficiency, critical thinking skills, and clinical knowledge qualify you for the position. The average starting salary across the nation for a nurse is:

  • Registered Nurse $ 40,000 – $ 52,200
  • Dialysis Nurse       $ 46,000 –  $ 55,000

Things to know before you go to your first interview

Establish your break-even point

This is the minimum salary you can need to pay your mortgage, car payment, phone bill, internet, school loans, groceries, gas, and any other payments you make every month. You also need to include extra money for entertainment, travel, and things that you enjoy. Establish a number that you need monthly to live comfortably.

Conduct market research

Look at as many dialysis nurse help wanted ads as you can find. Get a feel for the dialysis nursing salary range usually offered in your area. Be sure to take into consideration the years of experience you have and the area of the position, such as a hospital, office, or dialysis lab. Research every job you consider so you can negotiate the best possible salary and benefits package. 

Conduct research on any potential employer

Many employers are now posting their available positions online. Look at the salary ranges: if the highest offer does not meet your lowest acceptable salary, it probably will not work for you. Try not to just jump on the first offer. Tell them to let you consider it for a day or weekend. If the offer is close to your break-even point or slightly less, make a counteroffer. Dialysis nurses are in demand, so they may be willing to negotiate with you.

Put your best foot forward

The best way to earn raises and increase your dialysis nurse’s salary is, of course, to do an exemplary job of dialysis nursing. Develop a system for each process you do and follow it. Organize your paperwork so you’re not shuffling through a pile of papers to get the patient started. Be kind and caring to the patients.

You can also earn bonuses and raises by continuing your education. Listed below are three certifications that are exclusive to the nephrology field. You can complete these online at your own pace. Be sure to research these certifications fully to determine which would benefit you the most and which will boost your dialysis nurse’s salary the most.

Obtaining one or more of the certifications will give you bargaining power to increase your salary. 

Here are the average salaries, after 10 years of work across the nation, for professionals who keep up with CE and excel at their positions:

  • Registered Nurse: $ 75,000-$ 85,000
  • Dialysis Nurse : $90,000- $ 100,000

It is always beneficial to better yourself and get all of the advancements in your education that you can. Look at these CE courses and see which will help you the most, especially when you negotiate your dialysis nurse’s salary.

 If you could use a service to help you locate an agency to work with, or help you freelance, contact us at New Directions Staffing. We can help you get on your way.

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5 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Travel Nursing Agency

There are many questions you need to have answered as you try to choose your travel nursing agency. Of course, you can change agencies if you have worked with one and have an unhappy experience, but it is much simpler to make the right decision the first time about your travel agency for nurses. Here are five of the major questions you need to be sure you address.  

How long has the agency been in existence and is it reputable?

Do some research, both online and by asking other travel nurses for their input. All of the larger agencies have websites with information about the beginning of their business, how they conduct business, and some of the companies they provide staffing for. Some agencies only do healthcare staffing while others staff for a wide variety of industries. 

Are you comfortable with the recruiter?  

You must get along with your recruiter. It is best if your recruiter has worked in healthcare or travel nursing so he or she will understand what it is like to be in your shoes. Be honest and respectful with your recruiter so you can get those basic courtesies returned to you. Your recruiter is the person who establishes where, what, and when you are going to work. The recruiter can make your travel nurse experience with that agency wonderful, or not so great.

What do the salary and benefits package for a travel nurse look like?

There have been some rumors about RNs in New York City getting paid $75 per hour and a $2,200 housing stipend. These may be unsubstantiated, but travel nurses do get paid more than staff nurses. Some agencies offer not only excellent salaries but also 100% housing stipends, health insurance, retirement plans, prescription cards, paid vacations, and travel expenses. See the full list of benefits and openings at New Directions Staffing.

How is housing handled?

This is one area you need to be sure you discuss with any agency. Housing expenses can be handled in several different ways, so make sure you understand how each agency normally handles them. Housing expenses can affect your salary. You also need to know the norm so you know when you need to ask for an exception. Here are some of the ways agencies handle housing:

  • The agency always handles the housing. They arrange accommodation, reservations, and directly pay the housing bills. The nurse only needs an exception if she has family or friends to stay with instead.
  • The agency pays nurses a stipend for housing. The nurse can pick where she wants to stay. If the rent is less than the stipend, she can save some money for herself. 
  • The agency pays a higher salary and the nurse arranges her own housing.

What if I decide to go full-time at the hospital where I am travel nursing?

If you accept an offer from the hospital where you work, you must first complete your travel nurse contract. Then you would be free to take a full-time permanent position anywhere you would like. This comes up when a travel nurse finds a great opportunity or when a nurse gets tired of traveling or falls in love and needs to put down roots.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent release of two vaccines to help combat its spread, there has never been a better time for travel agencies for nurses. If you are an RN, and especially if you have a specialization, many hospitals are looking for you. Contact our experts at New Directions Staffing to find out how you can get started.

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Travel Nurses: Why You are Needed Now More Than Ever

Right now, travel nurses have more opportunities than ever before. Not only is there the usual nurse shortage in most hospital settings but with the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are out with the illness and unfortunately, some are unable to return to their positions. The biggest demand for travel nurses right now is to administer COVID vaccines.  

What Is a Travel Nurse?

A travel nurse can be a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse, depending on the need, who is not employed by a specific hospital or doctor’s office. They are available to work at different sites when the need arises. Many travel nurses are single with few responsibilities and are free to go live in another state for the amount of time needed. Other travel nurses are older, single, and eager to do some traveling. They usually have worked at the same location for years and feel like they are in a rut. Most travel nurses work with a service like New Directions Staffing.

What Are Some of the Advantages of Travel Nursing?

  1. If you just graduated, or are between jobs, and feeling adventurous, travel nursing is a great opportunity to expand your nursing skills and build your resume. Some jobs require experience. The current demand for nurses to administer vaccines only does not usually require experience.
  2. Being a travel nurse allows you to go to new and exciting places. If there are specific places you want to visit, look for opportunities available there. Most assignments last 13 weeks, so if there is not an opening right now, be patient.
  3. Travel nurses have a great deal of flexibility in their work schedules. There is no requirement that you work back to back assignments. You can take time off to enjoy the location or to visit another area. 
  4. A travel nurse’s salary is higher than a staff nurse’s salary. Plus, there are other benefits like housing stipends, incentives, and bonuses.

How Much Is a Travel Nursing Salary?

ZipRecruiter reported in 2019 that the average annual travel nurse’s salary is $92,734, with a monthly wage of $7,728 and an hourly wage of $45. New York City is the highest paying city for traveling nurses, but it is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. There are some unbelievable stories circulating about travel nurse’s salaries. The New York Post reported that in New York City, there have been rumors of nurses making $70 an hour plus a housing stipend of $2,200, totaling $5,000 per week. Contact our staffing experts at New Directions Staffing to find out what a reasonable salary looks like.

What About the Vaccines?

This is a very unusual time with the COVID-19 vaccines just being released. Due to the incomprehensible number of deaths worldwide, everyone wants to get the most people vaccinated as quickly as possible. As of this writing, vaccines from two manufacturers have been approved and are being distributed in the US. 

  • Pfizer/BioNTech has received emergency use authorization from the CDC. This vaccine requires two injections, roughly 21 days apart, and has a 95% efficacy rate. 
  • Moderna has also been given emergency use authorization from the CDC. This vaccine requires two injections, 28 days apart, and has a 94.1% efficacy rate.
  • Other manufacturers are also working on vaccines but none have been cleared by the CDC yet.

The demands of administering either of these shots nationwide have created a huge need for travel nurses everywhere. Now is a great time to get on board and get some experience on your resume. Contact us at New Directions Staffing or 888-654-1110.

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How You Can Get a Dialysis Nurse Job With No Experience

Now that you have graduated with your RN degree with an emphasis on nephrology and dialysis nursing, it’s time to get a job. You likely have more experience than you realize. Perhaps you did some intern work in several offices in your years of college. Hopefully one of those was a dialysis lab or a dialysis center in a physician’s office. These may not count as experience on your resume, but they do give you the experience to discuss at your interview. So let’s take a look at the process of getting a dialysis nurse job.

Develop your resume

Some people wait until they have an interview before they prepare their resumes. Be proactive and get it ready early. Let your references know that an employer may call them, and make sure they will give you a good reference. Use people who know your work abilities. If you don’t know how to prepare a resume, ask your college counselor or look online. There are numerous options there. When applying to a hospital, be sure to specify your desire to work in the dialysis nurses’ department.

Look for opportunities

Watch the newspapers, look online, and check with the local hospital, local urology clinic, and any other offices that could benefit from your dialysis nursing services. If you are forward enough, take resumes to those offices and drop them off. Maybe they will have an opening come up and remember your visit. Just be respectful of their time and do not ask for a doctor or the HR director unless the person at the desk refers you to someone specific. Be sure you are smiling and say “Thank you” to each and everyone who helps you.

Widen your search

If you are unable to find an opening for a dialysis nurse nearby,  you may need to widen your search. Consider driving further from your home if that will help you find a job. Commuting further may be a good answer to your search, especially if the employer is going to pay you enough to cover that mileage. Broadening your search may even mean relocating, so consider if that is an option. There may be a wonderful, high paying dialysis nursing job at a hospital three states away, but can you take that position? Don’t consider it if you know that it will make you miserable, because no amount of pay is worth that. 

Consider an RN position

If you cannot currently find a dialysis nursing position, consider taking an RN position. There is a shortage of nurses in almost every hospital system. If possible, get an RN position in the hospital where you would like to be a dialysis nurse. If you do a great job and the supervisors notice and you may be able to work your way into that department. Even if you cannot find a position at the hospital you want, working at another facility will give you experience in nursing.

Be Patient

If you are unable to find a position even with the above suggestions, be patient. Continue to watch for opportunities. There is a shortage of nurses nationwide, especially during the pandemic, and many hospitals and doctor’s offices are looking for nurses. Start at the best opportunity you have. You do not have to stay in that job forever, but you do need experience. 

If you could use a service to help you locate a position or you need help freelancing as a dialysis nurse, contact us at New Directions Staffing. We can help you get on your way.

Female dialysis nurse assisting patient undergoing renal dialysis in hospital room

Acute vs. Chronic Dialysis Nursing: Which Field Is Best For You?

When kidneys stop functioning at full capacity, dialysis helps to rid the body of toxins. Treatment varies for people who face kidney disease or failure based on specific circumstances. The two categories patients fall into are either acute illness or chronic conditions.

The demand for dialysis nurse jobs is steadily increasing as the country’s population progressively gets older. A growing number of people require care secondary to diabetic conditions. 

The nurse’s primary decision in this career is whether to work with the chronic population or follow the acute path. Each is vastly different with its own set of rewards and downsides.

Acute vs Chronic Dialysis Nursing: Which Field Is Best For You?

A dialysis nurse with the resilience to transition from working in the acute setting to chronic care is one the medical community tends to seek out. Unfortunately, as a rule, dialysis nursing professionals typically choose between the two. Deciding which is best for you can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to help narrow the process:

Assess Your Skill Set And Strengths Against the Dialysis Platform

  • Chronic: At the chronic level, you’re called upon to possess supervisory skills in a fast-paced setting where you see many patients within four-hour sessions. Multi-tasking is essential, as are good organization and time management skills.

There can be as many as ten patients to take care of at one time, so team members must move rapidly to make sure the process works smoothly and according to schedule. 

  • Acute: An acute care dialysis nurse is more of an individualized professional who requires greater interpersonal skills. You need to participate in active listening and demonstrate genuine compassion.

In this position, you will spend a four-hour window of time with a patient, paying close attention to every detail of treatment, taking periodic blood pressures, and checking oxygen levels.

In either situation, training helps nurses develop certain “thick skin” to work with dialysis patients. Sadly, most of the patients become increasingly sick over time with elevated death rates. 

That’s part of the reason the demand for these professionals is so high. It’s a tough job.

Listen To Your Recruiter

Although many professionals stick to either acute or chronic dialysis, the recommendation from reputable recruiting facilities like New Directions Staffing is to keep an open mind. 

Restricting your experience to specific niches limits your job opportunities. If you happen to be a traveling nurse, it can mean the difference between a lesser quality location and your dream assignment. 

If you take the time to gain a skill set with both paths, you open up many opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise see. Although the demand increases in the nursing field, the competition for better jobs is harsh as it is in other industries.

Every advantage you create for yourself helps you stand out from everyone else. Show you can be flexible, adaptable, and eager. It makes a difference more than you might realize.

Final Thought

Dialysis nurses are a special breed, regardless of the category you opt to go for. Seeing patients in varying degrees of kidney disease with fear highlighting their faces is supposed to be (and is) handled in the most professional yet caring way possible.

Even for the nurses who believe they have it all together, this job can take its toll. It shows why communication with your recruiter is essential. The teams are not just there to transition you from one job to another. 

These experts help to see you through the ups and downs of the job as well. Let them do what they do, so you can effectively do what you do for the people who need you.

Are you looking for a dialysis nursing job? New Directions Staffing can help! We help healthcare professionals find jobs that suit their needs and career goals. For further information, you can reach out to us at 888-654-1110.

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Travel Nursing: Pros And Cons Of Having a Tax Home

Travel nursing jobs offer man benefits, including tax-free money in the pay packages. Every place you go will have different packages with different guidelines and advantages. 

Typically, tax-free funds are included in the packages to take care of incidentals, lodging, and meals. These funds compose a substantial portion of the pay. Fortunately, by avoiding payroll tax, you’re able to pocket a larger amount of your pay. 

However, the tax-free stipends are only available to a travel nurse who maintains a tax home. A tax home is a general area or an entire city where your primary place of employment is, separate from your family home.

To claim a tax home, you need to be paying duplicate costs like a mortgage payment or rental fees for a family home. There are factors for consideration to determine if claiming a tax home is worthwhile from an income standpoint to become a traveling nurse.

Travel Nursing: Pros And Cons Of Having A Tax Home

On the surface, travel nursing is an attractive prospect. There are many perks that come with travel nursing.

Some travelers, either blatantly or unknowingly, avoid the requirement to maintain a tax home. In those instances, the travel nurse stands to make better money than someone following the rules. 

The problem with disregarding the tax-home policy is that it’s a violation of IRS regulations.  If audited, you will owe back-taxes and penalties.   You’ll find there are limited pros and many cons to having a tax home and tax-free money for travel nurses, including:

PRO: Tax-Free Money Available

Following protocol, travel nurses have tax-free money at their disposal. These funds help them pay for any incidentals, all lodging, and any meals. There are virtually no expenses while you’re on the road as a traveling nurse, or will there be? 

With no payroll taxes, a lot of money can go directly into your pocket. But that is virtually the only pro as far as income and taxes for a traveling nurse.

CON: A Tax-Home Is a Requirement

To take advantage of the tax-free funds, you need to maintain a tax home that you designate from a primary place of employment. You can claim a city or a localized area. While tax-free money is a benefit, it can be expensive and can prove challenging because there is a struggle over maintaining a tax home. 

You can’t acquire a tax home unless you already have a mortgage payment on a home or rental fees for a property. You need to be able to show that you incur duplicate expenses. 

That creates added expense and deducts from the income capacity of a nurse. In the nursing field, those who want to travel need to determine if it’s worth their while to take a pay cut so that they can explore while they work. 

Or do they need to? It’s the same as any other industry. It’s merely a matter of learning how to maneuver the policies and make them work for you.

Final Thought 

You might see more cons than pros in this particular comparison based on the tax component. But the profession offers a plethora of positives, on the whole.

Recruiters like those at New Directions Staffing can show you what the advantages are and help you resolve the cons with merely a little planning. 

Over time with any job, maneuvering your benefits to where they work for you is all part of the process. That’s true with travel nurses as it is with any industry. These positions just offer a bit more complexities, yet also a great deal more freedom, growth, and enjoyment that no one wants to pass up.

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5 Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Travel Nursing Assignment

Straying from a full-time steady employment path to pursue travel nursing is exciting, but it can also prove intimidating. The two worlds are vastly different, with no hints as to what to expect, where you’ll end up, or the type of people to whom you’ll have exposure.  

The unpredictability is scary. It also plays a primary role as to why many nursing professionals choose the option. You break away from the repetition and routine of a regular schedule to the point where you can add value, new clinical experience to your portfolio. 

Plus, you get to travel to areas of the country you might not have otherwise had the opportunity to visit. Where you end up isn’t necessarily something you have a say in, but there might be a few things you can do to sway the decision your way.

5 Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Travel Nursing Assignment

Travel nursing employees enjoy opportunities for growth and to learn new skills from other areas of the country. The nurses are not all about work, though. Many hope for assignments in favorite spots to enjoy during their time off, but it’s a challenge to get an area that you request. Here are some tips that might help get a recruiter on your side:

  • Be a Model Recruit: It sounds easy, and it’s genuinely not difficult if you work hard. One of the simplest ways to get the ideal jobs is to be a model recruit. If you stay in good favor with the recruiters, you’ll always be fresh in their minds.

That entails responding to texts or phone calls as soon as you can. In assessments, be transparent about what you’re looking for in a position. Anytime you struggle or run into a problem, call immediately and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

Recruiters are the people who submit portfolios to potential employers. They have an opportunity to give you a reference, so you have a better chance at that dream job.

  • Explain Why You Declined Work: When a recruiter understands why you decline travel nursing jobs, they can more readily help you land something more suited for you. 

Explain salary requirements, the need for flexible hours, or if a different location would be better. It’s essential to understand that a hospital will likely not make another offer once you refuse a job.

  • Be Patient in Getting Familiar With Coworkers:  Being the “new kid” every couple of months will become your lifestyle. Allow yourself to make mistakes and to go through the awkward, uncomfortable phase. 

Generally, travel nurses have merely a day or two in orientation, and then it’s time to dive in. You need to know how the systems work, where everything is, and meet all the people. If you work hard and do well, your coworkers will respect you, and friendships will come.

  • Be Flexible: Your job will be tough if you offer no flexibility. If you want an assignment in Hawaii, you might have to give up the desired shift or perhaps some money. Or you might have to go during the summer instead of your requested winter assignment.
  • Be Upfront About Permanency: Whether you fall in love with a specific job or the hospital wants to keep you because of your impressive work, a recruiter needs to know as soon as possible when you decide to go permanent with a travel position.

Some recruiting agencies help recruits find housing and offer advice on the transition into permanent employment again.

Travel nursing can be an incredible experience if you develop a transparent and communicative relationship with a trusted recruiter like New Direction Staffing. The key is to be adaptable, flexible, and honest about what you want from the position. For those who work hard and do well, you’ll not only find success in the field, but you’ll have a magnificent time.

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How to Prepare for a Dialysis Nurse Interview

Interviewing for any new job can be extremely stressful, especially if it is a new career for you. An important part of an interview is confidence, and preparing with anticipation can help you gain that confidence in yourself. You are looking for dialysis nurse jobs, and by coming here you are already taking a step in preparing yourself for an interview. Let’s discuss what to expect from your dialysis nurse interview and what you can do to prepare yourself as much as possible.

What to Expect with Your Dialysis Nurse Interview

Nursing jobs in general require a high level of compassion, attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to your patients. Being a dialysis nurse is even more intense because you are helping to provide treatment that is saving your patient’s life. Showing your commitment to the well-being of your patient will help you greatly in your interview, and if you already feel committed, then you can begin to feel confident in yourself.

Keep in mind that you will likely have more than one interview, and in each interview, you will be asked a variety of questions. The questions will range from background and experience, who you are as a person, to situational and problem-solving. 

Pre-Interview and Scheduling

For the first part of the interview process, you will likely receive a call to set up an actual interview date. During this time you will probably be asked a few questions about your background and experience, as well as your character (who you are as a person) in order to screen you and make sure you are a good candidate for the position. This will be a quick call, but be ready to answer a few basic questions about your qualifications and values. 

Be prepared with your own questions particularly pertaining to what you might need to bring with you to the actual interview. For example, you may need to bring references, a copy of your resume to the interview. You want to make sure that you are ready for each step of the interview process. It will help you feel confident, but it will also present your professionalism to your potential employer.

The Main Interview

Once you have made it past the pre-interview, you will either receive a call or go in person to your main interview (this will be decided during your first call). This interview will be longer and involve more hypothetical situational questions and problem-solving questions. This will be an opportunity to show the interviewer what you really know and how you would function day-to-day. 

Common questions will include “Why do you want to be a dialysis nurse?” and “What do you know about dialysis?” These may seem like simple questions, but it is important to articulate your answers clearly. This will also be a good time for you to ask specific questions about the facilities, salary, patients, etc.

You will likely be asked a number of questions. Think about different scenarios and how you might handle them. Practice your answers to possible questions. This will help you to be better prepared, and though you may still feel nervous, you will have confidence in yourself.

If you are looking for dialysis nursing jobs, click here. New Directions Staffing Service is passionate about connecting healthcare facilities with the staff that they need. A lot of the time, healthcare facilities do not have the time or resources to do their own staffing. Go ahead and check out their website and start preparing for your dialysis nurse interview today. 

Dialysis Nurse with hemodialysis patients

What Nurses Should Explain to Patients about Hemodialysis

Dialysis nurses take care of their patient’s special and essential needs. By keeping their patients informed of how the procedure works, which complications might arise, and signs of positive progress, dialysis nurses can bolster their patients’ spirits while providing critical medical care.

Hemodialysis is a type of treatment that filters off waste and water from your blood. In other words, it does the work of your kidneys with the help of a dialysis machine. A dialysis nurse should explain hemodialysis to the patient before the procedure begins. Here are a few things to explain to the patient:

The functions of Dialysis

Hemodialysis helps to control blood pressure and balance important minerals in the patient’s body. While hemodialysis can help patients feel better and live way longer it is not a cure for dialysis.

Where you can have Dialysis done

There are two places you can have hemodialysis done: at home or at a hemodialysis center. At the dialysis center, the dialysis nurse helps you set up and connect to the dialysis machine. Meanwhile, at home, the nurse can help you the first time and after that, you can perform dialysis yourself.

How the hemodialysis procedure works

Hemodialysis works by removing the patient’s blood and passing it through a dialyzer,  the main instrument in hemodialysis. It has two sections and is separated by a semipermeable membrane. This membrane allows the waste to flow through but retains the blood cells. After this, the dialysis solution is removed alongside the waste. The dialysis solution possesses electrolytes that help balance the electrolytes in the blood. After filtering, it goes back into the body.

How to prepare for hemodialysis

For this procedure to be performed properly, there must be a point of access through which the blood can leave and return to the body. The three types of access points are a fistula, a graft, and a catheter. All are created during a minor surgery. Most importantly, whichever entry point you have, you must keep it clean to prevent infection.

Possible problems from Hemodialysis

There are a few problems that can occur from hemodialysis, especially if the procedure is poorly administered. Therefore, it is best for patients to go to a nurse or visit of hemodialysis center. Potential problems include infection of the vascular access point, poor flow of blood, or a blockage. Changes in your body’s chemical balance can lead to muscle cramps, hypotension, and dizziness. 

How to know if you are making any progress

Progress is essential in any treatment. For hemodialysis, how you feel is a good measure of your progress. For example, you might notice that you are short of breath less frequently and that you have reduced swelling. You may also witness an increase in energy levels as well as a better appetite.

Dialysis nursing is a fulfilling profession that helps to save the lives of many patients. If you would like to take this nursing career path, please contact New Directions Staffing. We can help you find a nursing jobs in high quality healthcare facilities.