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Dialysis Nurse (RN)

The Green Technology Group
Birmingham, AL
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Dialysis Nurse (RN)

Location: 700 S 19TH ST. Birmingham, AL, 35233.

Department: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Type: Full Time

Minimum Experience: Experienced

Security Clearance Level: Ability to pass a background check

***Pays up to $67 ON A 1099***

Military Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

 The Green Technology Group, LLC (TGTG) is seeking a talented Dialysis Nurse (RN)

 

Job Description 

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

 

Role Overview:  

TGTG supports The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires contingent staff to augment Full Time Employee Equivalent (FTEE) clinical staff to the Birmingham VA Medical Center's (BVAMC) nursing workforce to include Patient Care Services and Primary Care in support of all inpatient, outpatient, critical and acute care areas.  

Under the supervision of the nurse manager, the dialysis staff nurse maintains accountability for the coordination and delivery of care to patients with end stage renal disease. The responsibilities of the dialysis staff nurse include: 

For the Acute Dialysis Setting, Registered Nurses require: a current Advance Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certificate accredited by the American Heart Association, minimum three (3) years' experience performing hemodialysis on patients who are hospitalized in an acute setting, and experience with dialysis of patients in intensive care unit setting. 

 

            Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees the preparation of the delivery system, dialysate bath, and dialyzer and confirms that all mandatory alarm tests on the dialyzer and equipment are performed. 
  • Reviews physician orders for dialysis patients, collects pre-treatment dialysis data, and reviews patient records prior to dialysis. 
  • Conducts pre-dialysis patient assessment including obtaining patient vital signs and assessing the patient's vascular access, laboratory findings, and the patient's general health. 
  • Verifies that patients are trucing all prescribed medications and performs medication reconciliation. 
  • Documents findings of patient assessments and interventions and advises providers of any significant change in the patient's condition and other pertinent information. 
  • Discusses patient concerns and answers questions relevant to care. 
  • Oversees dialysis LPNs in the performance of dialysis from start to finish, monitors patient reaction to treatment and performance of the dialysis machines, and demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of dialysis. 
  • Assesses, prepares, and cannulates a patient's vascular access (including needle insertion in arteriovenous fistula or grafts for aseptic connection with dialysis equipment). 
  • Utilizes sterile techniques to assess the dialysis catheter exit site and to apply dressing on the patient's vascular access (dialysis catheter, arteriovenous access) per protocols. 
  • Maintains skills necessary to perform surveillance on dialysis access (catheter, fistula, graft) for early signs of failure or infection; this includes (if needed and after receiving the appropriate training) the ability to perform arteriovenous access monitoring using Transonic machine per protocol. 
  • Reviews patient's electronic/paper records for orders as appropriate and administers dialysis-related intra-venous and/or oral medications/treatments (i.e. blood products) as prescribed and/or per protocol. 
  • Conducts post dialysis assessment and patient discharge by evaluating treatment, documenting medication administration utilizing the appropriate protocols, assessing condition of vascular access, discharging the patient when vital signs are stable, and documenting and recording patient treatment data. 
  • Provides patient education/teaching applicable to the patient's medical condition. 
  • Refers patient to other disciplines or services as needed (nutrition, social work, etc). 
  • Performs other treatments and diagnostic tests such as blood sugar testing and other tests required as part of patient treatment. 
  • Oversees disassembly and disinfection of dialysis equipment. 
  • Maintains skills necessary to do regional heparinization, separate and store blood samples, set up oxygen, administer saline, and maintain dialysis equipment. 
  • Performs surveillance and testing of dialysis water treatment equipment and dialysis water (such as chlorine, hardness, conductivity, water cultures) to ensure that these machines are operating within the parameters set in the facility's written protocols. 
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of dialysis laboratory tests and dialysis medications. 
  • Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of infection control and prevention of transmission of blood borne pathogens. 
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of the national guidelines and the facility's protocols for immunization of the dialysis patients (such as influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis-B vaccination). 
  • Counsel patient on and administers vaccines per protocols. 
  • Participates in quality improvement activities to include collection of data for the dialysis unit Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan. 
  • Responds appropriately and provides assistance in emergency situations. 
  • Provides leadership in improving patient care, maintaining standards of care, directing and teaching personnel in a variety of settings, and providing charge nurse responsibilities as needed. 
  • Works closely with others on the dialysis team and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings. 
  • Maintains responsibility for providing coverage to the dialysis center. 

 

 

 

Required Skills & Experience 

  • Current Advance Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certificate accredited by the American Heart Association, minimum three (3) years' experience performing hemodialysis on patients who are hospitalized in an acute setting, and experience with dialysis of patients in intensive care unit setting. 
  • Agency Nurses are preferred to have completed the ECG Course. 
  • Education requirements: Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or in related field or a master’s degree in Nursing or in related field is highly preferred. 
  • The minimum requirement for all registered nurses assigned to the Hemodialysis Department shall include a current unrestricted registered nurse license from any State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States, and a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate accredited by the American Heart Association. 

 

Years of Professional Experience: 

For the Acute Dialysis Setting, Registered Nurses require: a current Advance Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certificate accredited by the American Heart Association, minimum three (3) years' experience performing hemodialysis on patients who are hospitalized in an acute setting, and experience with dialysis of patients in intensive care unit setting. 

 

 

TGTG is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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