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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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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.

Dialysis nurse burnout

Hardships of Being a Dialysis Nurse

As rewarding as it can be, being a dialysis nurse has its hardships. Here, we will be looking at some of the negative aspects of the job that you will have to learn to deal with if you are serious about dialysis nursing. If you are passionate and can see a great deal of purpose in the job, it is likely a good fit. Keep reading for a look at some of the aspects of the job that make it difficult.

Travel

Although traveling for your job can be exciting and provide a breath of fresh air, it can also be tiring. Some people place great importance on routine and a solid home base. These things are not guaranteed as a dialysis nurse. You will have to go to various locations to care for your patients. And your routine will get shaken up often. If you are the type of person who absolutely requires a steady work environment, dialysis nursing might not be the job for you.

Inconsistent  Dialysis Nurse Scheduling with Long Hours

Not only will you be required to work in many changing environments, but you will also work long hours and your schedule will change often. A lot of people go into the medical field expecting a consistent schedule and ample downtime. This is often not the case, especially as a dialysis nurse. The pay is consistent, as is the reliability (you will never be in need of hours), but the schedule can be grueling. Be sure that you are ready to take on a lot of long days and an ever-changing schedule if you are thinking about becoming a dialysis nurse.

End Care

You will get to meet a lot of people and care for a lot of patients as a dialysis nurse. The downside is you will encounter a lot of patients who do not have a long time to live. It is a blessing to get to know your patients and treat them regularly, but heartbreak is inevitable. If you are uncomfortable or easily disheartened by sickness and death, the life of a dialysis nurse might not be the life for you. With the heartache, however, comes a great sense of purpose. This kind of care can be sad, but it is also extremely fulfilling.

Burnout

With all of these things considered, a lot of people hit the point of burnout quickly. For this reason, the position often has a high turnover rate. It is common to go into dialysis nursing with confidence and a sense of purpose, but the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion tend to wear on people faster and more aggressively than they had first thought that it would. It takes a specific kind of perseverance to take the hardships in stride. This, however, does not mean that you will not love your job. It just means that you should mentally prepare yourself for all that it entails. The hardships involved are also the aspects that make the job so rewarding at the end of each and every workday. 

Getting Into Dialysis Nursing

If the hardships of dialysis nursing do not dissuade you, you are likely a wonderful candidate for a dialysis nursing job. If the job interests you, click here. New Directions Staffing Services is a healthcare recruiting and staffing firm that can connect you with various employers and facilities that are in dire need of passionate, hard-working employees. Do not be discouraged if it has been hard to get in touch with a facility that needs your help. That is the reason that New Directions Staffing Services is here to help.