Renal Dialysis Unit
Renal Transplant Program
The Renal Dialysis and Renal Transplant Clinic at Saint Mary’s Health Care provides our RNs with an opportunity to make a tremendous impact in the lives of patients with end-stage renal failure. Here, RNs are part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team, which includes nephrologists, social workers, financial coordinators, pharmacists and dieticians. The team’s focus is on maintaining health and quality of life for the patient.
We continually foster a supportive environment that places everyone on level footing, breeds the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge among staff and creates a dynamic energy that makes our workplace vital and free of the typical constraints of a hierarchal setting. In addition, we set a strong emphasis on continuing education, evidence-based practice, a healthy work environment
, and professional growth opportunities—initiatives that not only enrich and challenge our staff, but also ensure an efficient, safe experience for our patients and their families.
Renal Dialysis Unit.
RNs who enjoy being a part of a critical sub-specialty area and who enjoy working with a small number of patients on a more intimate level will find this unit a perfect fit. Renal Services provides inpatient renal dialysis to all Saint Mary’s inpatients as well as dialysis services to other inpatient facilities in the region. This position offers a moderate degree of independence with an RN to patient ratio of one to two. Here, RNs perform dialysis for up to six patients per day from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.
Dialysis is most often performed in the dialysis center, however RNs will also work outside of the center as patient needs require. For example, all of the hemodialysis performed in the ICU is done at the patient’s bedside, as these patients cannot be transported. While the work and hemodialysis process is generally stable and predictable, the dialysis nurse must be able to respond efficiently and with significant expertise to handle any emergency that may occur. Common emergencies might include acute hypotension and arrhythmias. Although a rare occurrence, the nurse may need to respond to an acute crisis of tubing becoming dislodged, which may lead to acute blood loss.
Base Requirements. Although the unit hours are generally predictable, the Renal Dialysis unit does respond to emergent cases. Therefore one RN is on-call at all times. Due to the on-call requirements, RNs are required to live within 30 minutes of the hospital. Base requirements for this position are at least 1-year medical/surgical or sub-specialty experience, Cardiac Monitor Certification and the ability to react with skilled judgment to emergent situations.
Renal Transplant Program.
RNs in Saint Mary’s Transplant Clinic assist in evaluating between three to five hundred candidates per year for renal transplants. With an average of seventy transplants annually, there is usually a wait of several years for a suitable match to become available.
Those who wish to make real, long-term connections with their patients will find this clinic both challenging and highly rewarding. Our Renal Transplant RNs offer patient and family support during the lengthy process of determining candidacy and ultimately receiving or being denied a transplant. In partnership with a multidisciplinary team, pre- and post-transplant RNs are responsible for establishing candidacy, educating candidates on the lifestyle changes involved in receiving a donor kidney, coordinating diagnostic testing, overseeing proper follow-up and management of patient health care, monitoring weight loss and general health, and providing emotional support for everyone involved.
Base Requirements. Requirements for RN positions are 3 to 5 years experience in acute medical care, dialysis or working with chronic renal disease.