Some dialysis patients don't get hemodialysis in a center but perform peritoneal dialysis (PD) at home or hemodialysis at home. These patients also rely on nephrology nurses to plan, coordinate and oversee their care. While many of the responsibilities of the peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis nurse are the same as in-center hemodialysis nurses, there are some differences.
The main duties of the home hemodialysis and PD nurses are to:
- assess the patients' condition
- teach patients how to do peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis in the home setting
- consider the patients' learning needs and provide education about their treatment
- make a training plan for each patient
- give the patients the medications ordered by their doctors
- evaluate the patients' ability to perform their dialysis treatments and take all doctor-prescribed medications
- help patients follow-up with their transplant center
- review the patients' lab work, home medications and activities and let the doctors know about changes in their patients' conditions
PD and home hemodialysis nurses have excellent teaching skills. They teach their patients how to perform their own treatments at home and give them the knowledge to know what to do if any complications occur during their treatment.
- driver's licence
- social security card
- current two step PPD and CPR
- nursing licence