Dialysis Patient Care Technician (#RH2060)
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$19.03-$23.14 Hourly / $3,299.18-$4,010.18 Monthly / $39,590.23-$48,122.18 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs non-professional nursing hemodialysis procedures; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents in this class are responsible for following clearly established procedures in assisting licensed and professional nursing and medical staff in-patient care.  Incumbents may administer medication and operate dialysis technology, under the supervision of a registered nurse and licensed physician within limitation established by law or regulations. An incumbent in this class is a Certified Hemodialysis Technician as issued by the State of California.


  • Prepares the dialyzer and dialysis delivery system for use as prescribed; monitors all equipment in use for correct functioning.

  • Conducts chronic hemodialysis procedures using sterile techniques; initiates and terminates dialysis; monitors equipment and makes necessary adjustments; disassembles dialysis units; disposes of waste materials; cleans component parts with sterile solutions.

  • Monitors patients during dialysis and after each treatment; notifies professional staff of atypical symptoms.

  • Records and tabulates patient and equipment data for records and reports; contributes to team patient care planning and follow-up to achieve goals.

  • May administer limited medications under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician and within written limitations established by law or regulations.

  • Complies with established hospital policies and procedures and state mandates.

  • Performs patient care or other duties as assigned.


Education:  Completion of a hemodialysis technician training program approved by the State of California. 


Licenses and Certificates: Possession of current certification as a Certified Hemodialysis Technician issued by the State of California; or ability to obtain California certification as a Hemodialysis Technician within six (6) months after training program is completed.


Basic arithmetic, basic hygiene and health standards; non-professional nursing dialysis procedures; use of artificial kidney and dialysis delivery systems;  institutional safety procedures including safe lifting and aseptic techniques; hospital infection control practices; names, uses and care of patient care supplies.


Operate highly specialized dialysis delivery systems; take accurate instrument readings and measurements; maintain records; administer prescribed hemodialysis medications; attend to the personal needs of the physically and mentally ill; take and record vital signs; deal with patients sympathetically and tactfully; communicate effectively with patients and others, both orally and in writing; follow oral and written instructions in exact detail; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, families, physicians, nurses and others.


Mobility-Operate a dialysis machine; frequent standing and  walking for prolonged periods of time; frequent bending, stooping, and reaching overhead; Lifting-Lifting of 30 pounds or more;  Vision-Constant use of overall visual capabilities; frequent need for color perception, hand/eye coordination, reading and/or close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing and talking of normal speech in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact; occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death; occasional working alone; Special Requirements-May require working shifts/weekends/nights/overtime; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; frequent risk of exposure to hazardous materials, fumes, poor ventilation, and indoor cold/heat; occasional exposure to variable weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH2060; EST: 5/13/1998; REV: 8/13/2008;