Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Job Description
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Since hemodialysis patients can’t rely on their kidneys to filter their blood, they rely on hemodialysis machines. As a hemodialysis tech, the care you provide will help these patients live life to the fullest. Your daily duties include the following responsibilities:
- Preparing the hemodialysis machine
- Monitoring patients during treatment
- Responding to emergency situations
- Talking patients through the dialysis process
- Ensuring equipment is sterile
- Educating patients on healthy behaviors
Certified hemodialysis technicians often work in hospitals and clinics, but some provide in-home care for patients. You’ll need to be skilled at comforting and communicating with patients in various states of uncertainty, fear, or stress. You’ll also need to work smoothly with other medical staff and be diligent about maintaining a clean environment and sterile equipment—and it should go without saying that you’ll need to be calm and collected in the presence of blood. Work hours vary based on the facility and its needs, and the dress code will most likely call for scrubs.
The salary for this role varies based on facility, location, and experience, but the average annual income is $38,700 per year.* Employment generally includes health benefits and paid time off.
Well-trained and certified hemodialysis technicians are highly valued in hospital and clinical settings, and with the healthcare industry expecting to add 2 million new jobs in the next 10 years, you’ll be in good shape with a career in this field.** Career advancement opportunities, including leadership roles and other medical care positions, are ample—especially for those proactive about professional development.
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*PayScale. “Average Certified Hemodialysis Technician Base Salary” Payscale.com. Accessed March 23, 2023.
Statements found on PayScale are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to estimate salaries includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. “Healthcare Occupations.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed March 23, 2023.
Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.