A dialysis technician helps maintain the machines, equipment, systems and anything else that deal with the dialysis machines at an area medical facility. The work would be primarily physical but would also some mental aspects to it.
Workers in this field primarily work a 40-hour workweek from Monday through Friday. The work would primarily be done indoors where the machines are stored. Being in fair physical shape would help, as there is physical assistance done with lifting patients and carrying containers that may have chemicals in them.
Dialysis technicians work with other technicians to help the equipment run smoothly. Hospitals would be a primary employer for this field. Depending on the particular hospital, a dialysis technician will work with other nurses in helping to care for patients that are on hemodialysis or other types of dialysis.
A high school diploma is required for this field, with some secondary education preferred. Higher-paying jobs would like those applying to have at least six months of training and/or experience, with an associate's degree in science being a plus.
A dialysis technician needs to know the machines inside and out to get the machines back to working at 100 percent capacity if there would ever be a problem. Strong computer skills would also be a plus for this position.
Workers are advised to have a strong sense of teamwork with their fellow co-workers along with their patients.
Comprehensive benefit packages are often available for workers who have prior experience as a dialysis technician; these benefits include various types of insurance coverage and a 401(k) plan.
Dialysis Technician Tasks
- Monitor dialysis procedure to ensure patient safety and that equipment is operating properly.
- Prepare patients physically for dialysis and explain dialysis equipment and procedures.
- Operate dialysis machines to treat patients who have kidney or renal failure.