Magazine article Techniques

Dialysis Technician

Magazine article Techniques

Dialysis Technician

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DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS ASSIST PHYSICIANS AND REGISTERED nurses in the treatment of patients with kidney failure. Their duties include preparing patients for treatment, recording patients' vital statistics and connecting them to the hemodialysis equipment. In addition to preparing the equipment before its usage to ensure that all quality-of-care and safety standards are met, dialysis technicians initiate the procedure and monitor the equipment, as well as the patient, during the course of treatment. The National Kidney Foundation describes these technicians as the primary, direct caregivers for patients undergoing dialysis treatments.

The Workplace

Dialysis technicians work primarily in hospitals, clinics, out-patient facilities and home dialysis settings.

Educational Requirements

According to the National Kidney Foundation, certification requirements vary from state to state, and the certifications include Certified Hemodialysis Technician through the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT) and Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician through the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. In addition to certificate programs, associate degree programs are offered at some community colleges and career and technical education schools.

Earnings

The earnings for dialysis technicians vary widely, chiefly depending on where they work in the country. Another factor affecting earnings is the setting, e.g., whether they work in a large hospital, small clinic or a home. However, according to Dialysiscareer. net, the median salary of dialysis technicians as of May 2012 was approximately $37,000 per year, with the top 10 percent earning more than $58,000 annually.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2008 and 2018, the demand for all health care positions, including dialysis patient care, will more than double in comparison to the expected growth for all professions. A 22 percent growth in available jobs is expected, largely as a result of our growing senior population. Tech

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE (CVTC) SERVES 11 counties in Wisconsin through its campuses in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls. It is one of the 16 colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Its mission statement is, "CVTC delivers innovative and applied education that supports the workforce needs of the region, improves the lives of students and adds value to our communities."

To achieve that mission, CVTC promotes the student development of four key core abilities: communicate effectively, think critically, model integrity and value diversity.

The college also partners with business and industry, other educational institutions and the community in order to ensure success for its students and its region in the 21st-century global workplace. The Wisconsin Technical College System has established articulation agreements with the University of Wisconsin System, and in June of last year, the Universal Transfer Credit Agreement was signed by leaders of the two systems, adding to the number of transferable credits, and making the transition to the university system accessible to even more technical college students. …

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