Objective: Administer the best nursing care to all patients. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain all institutional requirements.
Duties & Responsibilities: In this role the Registered Dialysis Nurse provides care and emotional support to patients suffering from acute and chronic renal (Kidney) failure. They assist pre and during dialysis procedures, following physician orders Note that this is a guideline, not a comprehensive list of duties.
(1) Assisting and Caring for Patients Dialysis Nurses provide direct and individualized nursing care to patients in addition to general nursing care, responsibilities of Dialysis Nurses include (but are not limited to):
(a) Prime the dialyzer and bloodlines
(b) Read the dialysis equipment for dialysis treatment and oversee to the patients treatment from start to finish.
(c) Cannulate patients access
(d) Demonstrate the ability to remove femoral sheaths and administer medications, including thrombolytic
(e) Clean and dress permanent and temporary catheters
(f) Monitor patients on treatment, interpret and record information
(g) Identify irregular dialysis reactions and notify appropriate medical team members.
(h) Teach patients and significant others how to manage their illness, by explaining: post-treatment home care needs, diet/nutrition/exercise programs, self-administration of medication, if needed.
(i) Maintain medical inventory, provide pre- and post-procedure care to patients within the Hemodialysis Unit
(j) Perform physical examinations of patients in their care at the start of every shift
(k) Administer prescribed drugs, injections, inhalations and other medications pre, during and after dialysis.
(l) Adhere and observe the ten rights of medication administration
(m) Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment and supplies, and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
(n) Modify patients treatment plans as indicated by patients responses and conditions.
(2) Documenting and Recording Information entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
(a) Maintain accurate detailed reports of patients history and treatments
(b) Monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in patients conditions.
(c) All incidents or near misses must be reported in the appropriate form and also to the Shift Coordinators.
(3) Communicating with Shift Coordinators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Colleagues, or Subordinates providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
(a) Consult and coordinate with multidisciplinary teams to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans.
(b) Inform consultants and medical officers regularly of changes in patients conditions.
(c) Interpret medical laboratory test results
(d) Explain testing procedures to patient
(e) Communicate information on patient care and related matters to the consultants, nurse in charge or the ward manager.
(f) Accept professional responsibility for the safe custody, administration and recording
of medications in accordance with the hospital medication policy.
(g) Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time
(h) Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to enter data, or process information
(i) Direct and supervise less skilled nursing or health care personnel
(4) Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
(a) Use clinical problem solving technique
(b) Follow institutional care policies and procedures
(c) Follow patient observation procedures
(d) Follow infectious material procedures
(e) Use nursing practices and evidence based procedures
(f) Use counseling techniques
(g) Use sanitation practices in health care settings
(h) Use knowledge of nursing terminology
(i) Use knowledge of medical terminology
(j) Use personal care procedures.
(k) Engage in continuing nursing education and research activities related to nursing.
(5) Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
(a) Developing personal yearly goals and objectives in keeping with your professional career advancement and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
(b) Participating and completing your professional competencies as required by the institution.
(c) To comply with the hospital Fire precautions and procedures for evacuation and disaster plan policy
(d) To be appraised annually based on the Key Performance Indicators and yearly personal objectives.
(e) To positively promote The hospital philosophy to caring, and contribute to achieving the Hospitals objectives
Qualifications & Requirements:
1. Must be a Professional Registered Nurse
2. Graduate of a recognized School of Nursing
3. Minimum 1-5 years of related work experience
4. Fluent in English both in writing and communication
5. Capable of performing multiple nursing tasks.
6. ACLS & BCLS certification required.
7. Good interpersonal skills, result oriented.
8. Must have a helping and caring nature.
Must be a Dialysis Nurse
Qualification: B.Sc Nursing or Diploma Nursing