A list of dialysis training programs is available through the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission website. This organization provides certification for dialysis nurses in the United States and Canada.
Program providers award dialysis certification to nurses after the completion of a lengthy residency in a nephrology nursing program. Usually, the program requires 2,000 hours of dialysis training. Nurses who complete their RN training may apply for an optional residency program in order to qualify for the certification. Dialysis nurses prepare and administer dialysis to patients, as well as monitor patient condition and establish communication with the patient and next of kin. Dialysis nurses may work in hospitals, clinics or home care situations.