Moving to Different Positions After Being a Dialysis Technician?
Once you get into the medical field your job prospects are endless. Aside from doctors, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, most medial positions require a short time of
education (a year or less). The more certifications you have the better off you will be as far as job opportunities. Once you become a licensed dialysis technician you should set your sights on other licenses and certifications. The more you have the more valuable you will be to your employer; especially if that employer is a hospital or large medical clinic.
As a dialysis technician you have been trained to operate high tech machinery as well as in basic patient care. Both of these things can help you to earn more certifications in the medical field that are outside the scope of dialysis treatment. One of the best certifications you can have is Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). If you look at the classified ads you will see there is a high demand for CNAs. This allows you flexibility if you are between dialysis technician jobs. The training to become a CNA typically takes 2 to 4 months depending on the class schedule. The cost is usually between $100 and $150 plus books. Once you have your certification you can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and even agencies that provide home health care.
Once you have your Certified Nursing Assistant license, the next logical step is earning your CNAII certification. The main difference between a CNA and a CNAII is the latter can perform more invasive procedures such as starting IV’s and giving insulin shots. The cost to become a CNAII is about the same as for the CNA class and takes 3 to 6 months to complete. As a CNAII you can work in the same types of places but in addition you can also work with treatment nurses and in the prison system.
In addition to nurse assisting certifications, there is also (echocardiography)E KG techs, radiology techs, ultrasound techs, and phlebotomists. EKG technicians give basic tests on the heart using a portable monitor. They monitor the patient and report to the head nurse or doctor. This certification can take as long as a year but can be much shorter if you already have a working history in the medical field. This certification is more costly though, with some places charging near and above $1,000. A radiology technician’s training can take between 4-12 months and costs around $1,000 as well. Phlebotomy is a bit cheaper and gives you a huge advantage over others who are not certified in this area. The training takes about 4 months and makes you a hot commodity.
Think about what a wonderful position you would be in if you were skilled in several areas of the medical field. If you are working as a dialysis technician and on your day off a phlebotomist calls in sick, who will your employer call? They will call you! Plus, if you ever reach a point where you are feeling job burnout you can feel free to move about the medical field with ease. People who possess the understanding and certifications of multiple medical certifications are the ones who are most marketable and will have a much higher chance for advancement, so don’t just stop with your dialysis technician education. Go for the gold and make yourself an in demand employee.