A dialysis nurse manager is responsible for overseeing the entire clinical staff at a renal or dialysis center. These managers are fully registered nurses and may work in a hospital or private clinic. He or she supervises the general operation of the dialysis center, trains staff, directs staff, and ensures patients receive proper care. Dialysis nurse managers make sure that all dialysis nurses follow proper protocol, and that all equipment is fully functional. He or she is also in charge of center safety and must remain in possession of all keys and/or security codes. Managers are responsible for allowing nurses to have access to medications, medical supplies, and medical equipment. Other typical duties of a dialysis nurse manager include: maintaining medical inventory, ordering supplies when needed, accounting for medication use, training nursing staff, handling patient complaints or issues, administering medications, scheduling nursing staff, and reporting to physicians as needed.
Dialysis nurse managers must be registered nurses (RNs) and hold a valid nursing license. Experience working in a dialysis center is needed. Some employers may require surgical nursing experience as well. A Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, or a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree is often preferred. Exceptional patient interaction skills, communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, teaching skills, record keeping skills, decision making skills, customer service skills, and a strong leadership ability is also required.
The typical average salary of a dialysis nurse manager is about $57,200 per year. Starting salaries pay an average of about $40,200 per year, while experienced managers average about $83,400 per year.