Dialysis Nursing and the High Rate of Turnover


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Aug 29, 2012
Anyone who has followed employment in the healthcare industry knows that these are desperate times for hiring and retaining qualified nurses. In fact, a recent study released by a major online hiring agency revealed that the average nurse stays in his or her current position for just 2.5 years before moving on. The highest rate of retention was found in private practices at just over 3.25 years while the lowest was the nursing home industry at 1.8 years. Dialysis nursing had the third- lowest average time on the job at 1.99 years. At first glance this number may indicate there’s something negative about the profession that causes nurses to dislike it. But the fact is there are a number of reasons why dialysis nurses hunt for new jobs after such a short time. Let’s look at some of those reasons in order to get a better understanding of what’s going on here. New Jobs in the Same Field While nurses working in the nursing home environment typically start looking for new jobs in a hospital or private practice, that’s not necessary the case with dialysis nurses. Many times they are not looking for a new profession they are simply looking for a new employer. For example, hospital jobs are considered entry-level and involve the worst schedules, the most stress, and the least amount of pay. So it’s not uncommon for dialysis nurses at major hospitals to start looking for employment in smaller clinics or private practices after two years or so. Career Advancement Another reason why dialysis nursing has a fairly large turnover rate is the idea of career advancement. After some time in the hospital dialysis unit many nurses are motivated continue their education and move up the nursing letter. Furthermore, few dialysis nurses are RNs when they first get hired. But many desire to be, so they use dialysis nursing as a way to pay the bills and gain valuable knowledge as they prepare for an RN career. There are also some who enter dialysis nursing with the goal of eventually entering a supervisory role. They may not necessarily be leaving the dialysis specialty, but they will continue their education and accumulate real world experience that will aid them as supervisors. When they feel they’re ready for that new position they will begin posting their resumes out and accepting interviews. The Benefits of Private Practice Working as a nurse in a private practice does not pay as well as hospitals or clinics, but there are intangible benefits which make these jobs among the most desirable for all nurses. In a private practice the hours are much more regular, the work environment is less stressful, and nurses can spend more quality time with patients. If dialysis nursing is something that might interest you, you’ll need to get in touch with a nursing program that can point you in the right direction. You’ll need a minimum nursing degree and at least little training in the area of dialysis and kidney disease. Search for Dialysis Jobs and Dialysis Technician Employment at Foundation Medical Staffing. Foundation Medical Staffing specializes in staffing Dialysis Nurses, Hemodialysis Nurses, Dieticians, Managers and Patient Care Technicians. Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser