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Name: Nephrology Nurse
Description: Focuses on the prevention of disease and the care of patients and their families who have or are threatened with renal failure; works with patients in all stages of chronic renal failure, implementing treatment modalities including efforts to preserve renal function, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or transplant
Diagnoses: Acute and chronic renal failure
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, head nurse, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive
Characteristics: Long-term patient relationships, autonomy and independence, flexibility of practice role, teaching, collaboration, and teamwork
Client age group: Adults and children
Drawbacks: Dealing with the emotional consequences of renal disease and its impact on multiple physical systems, grief and loss, difficult patient contacts, lack of patient compliance, and stress/pressure
Desirable skills: Coping with death and dying, people skills, medical-surgical experience, long-term focus
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals, home-health agencies, dialysis centers, clinics
Nephrology Nursing Certification Board
East Holly Ave., PO Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
Board of Nephrology Examiners, Nursing and Technology
PO Box 15945-282
Lanexa, KS 66285
Nephrology Nurses' Association
East Holly Ave., PO Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
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