Becoming a nurse can be a challenge especially if you do not know where to start. The good news is, no matter what type of nurse you want to be there are always job opportunities available. You will also be able to make a stable income to help pay off any student loans you obtained while you were attending college. If you are not sure what type of nursing you would like to study, keep reading to find out more about telemetry and dialysis nursing.

Dialysis Nursing

Registered nurses (RNs) who care for patients who have kidney disease are called nephrology nurses. The word nephrology means, “Relating to the kidneys.” Nephrology nurses are specially trained and educated to care for patients with kidney disease. You may be wondering what some of the tasks are for dialysis nurses.

  • checking the patients’ vital signs and talking with them to assess their condition
  • teaching patients about their disease and its treatment and answering any questions
  • overseeing the dialysis treatment from start to finish
  • making sure patients are given the correct medications ordered by their doctors
  • evaluating patients’ reaction to the dialysis treatment and medications
  • reviewing the patients’ lab work, home medications and activities and letting the doctors know about changes in their patients’ conditions
  • helping patients follow-up with their transplant center
  • supporting the entire care team in delivering quality care in a considerate, respectful manner

A dialysis nurse typically makes a little over $70,000 depending on where they work. The higher level of degree you have obtained, the more your annual salary will be.

Telemetry Nursing

Telemetry nurses help provide bedside care to patients who are in serious, and sometimes critical, condition and who require constant electronic monitoring. A telemetry nurse is trained in the use of machines that monitor a patient’s heart rate, breathing and other vital signs. While at least one nurse is constantly monitoring the telemetry screens, RNs who work in telemetry units are also expected to carry out traditional bedside care duties, including assisting patients with medications and daily nutrition.

A patient is admitted to a telemetry unit when a doctor feels that they require intensive cardiac monitoring, which can occur after a heart attack or serious surgical procedure. Telemetry nurses are trained to monitor any subtle changes in a patient’s vital signs. It’s important that a telemetry nurse has control of their emotions and can remain cool, calm and collected when responding to emergency situations. RNs in this field should be able to remain focused during stressful procedures and medical situations that require quick thinking.

A telemetry nurse makes anywhere from $65,000-$80,000 depending on the place in which they work as well as their formal training.

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