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Dialysis Therapist

Washington, DC
Under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse, the purpose of this position is to provide hemodialysis treatments for patients requiring services in the Howard University Dialysis Center.
Interacts with other staff, physicians, patients and their family members, management of the dialysis facility, all levels of hospital personnel, hospital and university officials, and the general public.
  • Initiates, monitors, and terminates hemodialysis treatments for patients requiring services in the chronic dialysis center according to Howard University Dialysis Center policy under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.
  • Performs pre and post treatment dialysis machine start-up, rinsing, set-up, testing, break-down, and disinfection of the dialysis machines according to Howard University Dialysis Center policy.
  • Starts and concludes hemodialysis treatments via the use of the patients’ fistula, graft, catheter, or other dialysis access.
  • Observes and documents patient vital signs a minimum of every 30 minutes or more frequent if outside parameters. Documents on the patient pre, during, and post dialysis treatment detects and reports any problematic signs and symptoms and changes in the patient’s condition, or response to care to the nurse in charge.
  • Administers normal saline and heparin per protocol or policy.
  • Ability to recognize machine malfunction, troubleshoot, make corrections when applicable or refer for repair or maintenance.
  • Documents timely and accurately on the patient’s treatment sheet, including but not limited to vital signs, weights pre and post treatment, machine tests, sterilant tests, and comments on the patient’s condition at least every thirty minutes and after any intervention.   
  • Reports incidents and/or injuries to charge nurse.  
  • Participates in activities that contribute toward technical and professional growth and development for the pupose of maintaining job proficiency.  
  • University Code of Ethics, and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.  
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.  
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to the federal healthcare program requirements. 
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.  
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.  
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff. 
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area as assigned by the nurse in charge. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.  
  • Knowledge of the care of hemodialysis patients and the use of the hemodialysis machine.
  • Has completed training demonstrating competency in reasons for administration, doses, routes, sites, and side effects associated with each medication.  
  • Knowledge of infection control procedures and wears appropriate personal protective equipment. 
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
  • High school Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) required.
  • Previous experience in ESRD preferred. Hospital setting or related facility experience preferred.
  • Dialysis Therapist certification from one of the following national certification programs required: Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT), National Nephrology Certification
  • Annual CPR certification for healthcare workers through AHA affiliate.
  • Organization, or Nephrology Nurse Certification Commission OR must be certified by a national credentialing agency within 18 months of hire.
  • Must be able to rotate shifts, work weekends, holidays, days, and evenings.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs), stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception and color vision, calculate, compare, evaluate, interpret, and organize for extended periods of time.
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