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Clinical Hemodialysis Technician

 Daily Tasks
Work with nurses to provide direct patient care to people undergoing hemodialysis treatment due to kidney failure. Duties include:

  • Taking vital signs
  • Obtaining vascular access
  • Taking blood samples
  • Performing laboratory tests
  • Managing equipment
  • Working with patients and their families
 
 Skills/Talents
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently
  • A caring attitude and respect towards people and diversity
  • Honesty, personal responsibility and sound judgment
  • Time management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Adapt to unpredictable situations
 
 Work Setting
Dialysis Unit: Patient centered care in a fast-paced, technical environment.
 
 Work Hours
Work flexible hours which may include days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends. 
 
 Education

Minimum Education and/or Experience Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. 
  • Completion in basic sciences OR Certified Nursing Assistant Training course required OR 1 year of direct patient care experience in a hospital setting or other health care setting OR RN student with 1 semester of clinical coursework completed OR completion of a Dialysis Technician training program OR two years of customer service.
 
 Qualifications
Candidates must:

  • Have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Before employment, successfully complete the Ishihara's color blindness test.
  • Successful completion of Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician national certification exam, within 18 months of hire.
 
 Recommended High School Classes

College prep, health care sciences, anatomy/physiology, psychology, second language, computer applications, medical terminology, sociology, communications

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