WHY BE A NEPHROLOGY NURSE?
✓ A Lifelong Career – Leadership Opportunities & Room to Grow
✓ Paid Training – Earn while taking the Manitoba Nephrology Nursing Course
✓ Work only Days & Evenings
Nurses are integral to the Manitoba Renal Program (MRP) interdisciplinary team in the provision of kidney care. Nurses work with individuals across the spectrum of kidney disease, from educating those at risk to improving and maintaining the health of individuals living with end-stage kidney disease.
What types of Nephrology Nursing positions are there?
Hemodialysis nurses provide highly specialized care to patients receiving acute and ongoing chronic hemodialysis. The nurse assesses and monitors a patient before, during and immediately after the dialysis procedure. Patient education regarding self-management when not on dialysis is also a significant role for the hemodialysis nurse.
Hemodialysis nurses are employed in the 20 Kidney Health Centres/Hemodialysis units in Manitoba. Throughout the province, the MRP has established standardized equipment, policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines to ensure the nurses provide consistent care.
To become a Hemodialysis Nurse, RNs and LPNs must complete the Manitoba Nephrology Nursing Course (MNNC). An equivalent course and/or experience may be considered.
Hemodialysis nursing is frequently the entry point for nurses interested in a career in Nephrology Nursing.
HOME HEMODIALYSIS NURSE
Home Hemodialysis Nurses are employed at the Health Sciences Centre and Seven Oaks Hospital. Their specific roles and responsibilities include providing potential patients with information to determine if this is the most appropriate modality; teaching patients and family members to administer hemodialysis at home; and providing ongoing management and follow-up to the patients (including teleconferencing, home and clinic visits).
Most nurses interested in Home Hemodialysis nursing will have completed the MNNC and practiced as a Hemodialysis Nurse for a period of time, or will have obtained equivalent education and experience.
PERITONEAL DIALYSIS NURSE
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Nurses are employed at St. Boniface Hospital, Seven Oaks Hospital and in the community. PD nurses are responsible for delivering peritoneal dialysis care. Specific roles and responsibilities include providing potential patients with information about the modality to help determine if it is appropriate for their needs, teaching patients and family members to administer PD at home, and providing ongoing support and follow-up to the patients in the community (including teleconferencing, home and clinic visits).
Most nurses interested in PD will have completed the MNNC and practiced as a Hemodialysis Nurse for a period of time or will have obtained equivalent education and experience.
COMMUNITY DIALYSIS NURSE
The Local Renal Health Centres (LRHCs) Program is an innovative program within the MRP that delivers hemodialysis in satellite units throughout rural and northern Manitoba. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of life for patients living with end stage renal disease by allowing them to receive treatment and reside as close as possible to their home community.
The LRHCs Program Nurses are situated at the Health Sciences Centre. Their roles and responsibilities include: coordinating patient transfers to and from the LRHCs; participating in weekly LRHCs interdisciplinary clinics; participating in weekly teleconferencing rounds with the LRHCs; maintaining shadow charts for the patients dialyzing in these centres; coordinating medical and non-medical follow up care in Winnipeg; and providing clinical expertise to the LRHC nurses.
To become a Community Dialysis Nurse, individuals must have completed the MNNC and have two years previous experience as a hemodialysis nurse.
RENAL HEALTH NURSE
Renal Health Clinics have been established at Health Sciences Centre, Seven Oaks General Hospital, St. Boniface General Hospital, and Brandon Regional Health Centre. Patients at risk of developing end stage renal disease are referred by their family physicians to a Renal Health Clinic. At the clinic, patients are followed by an interdisciplinary team. Once again, the Renal Health Nurses play an integral role on this team.
This role includes providing education and clinical support to patients in all stages of renal disease. In addition, these nurses closely monitors the patients’ renal function and provide the psychosocial support needed as patients near end stage renal disease. The Renal Health Nurses offer ongoing renal education classes to patients and families, health care providers, and the community at large. Focus is placed on health promotion and disease prevention. High risk communities are strategically targeted.
To become a Renal Health Nurse, most nurses will have completed the MNNC and practiced as a Hemodialysis Nurse and/or a Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse for a period of time. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.