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Dialysis Water/Machine Tech - Oakland


UPMC is hiring a full-time Dialysis Water/Machine Tech to cover both Presbyterian and Magee hospitals in Oakland, PA. Full rotating shifts are required, including daylight, evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday coverage. Prior dialysis experience is preferred but not required. 

  • Perform machine breakdown, cleaning, and sterilization. 
  • Set up peritoneal dialysis machine and primes tubing. 
  • May initiate and discontinues peritoneal dialysis treatments per established procedure after completion of peritoneal dialysis training.
  • Monitor the patient and equipment during the peritoneal dialysis procedure, respond to machine alarms, and problem solves as necessary. 
  • May perform daily peritoneal dialysis exit site care, sterile peritoneal dialysis tubing changes, and obtains fluid samples after completion of peritoneal training.
  • May assist with line insertions and other select procedures as needed
  • Follow procedures for standard precautions and hazardous substances. 
  • Perform unit testing/monitoring of equipment and records results.
  • Apply, monitor, and remove patient restraints. 
  • Apply monitor leads and places patient on monitor. 
  • Place patient on prescribed oxygen therapy and obtains pulse oximeter reading.
  • Follow unit protocol regarding the set-up of the portable reverse osmosis unit. 
  • Set up hemodialysis machines and primes dialyzer and blood tubing. Initiate and discontinue hemodialysis treatments per established procedure. 
  • Monitor the patient and equipment during the hemodialysis procedure, respond to machine alarms, and problem solves as necessary. 
  • Obtain blood work from AV fistulas, AV grafts, and double lumen dialysis catheters.
  • Care Delivery System Prepares, monitors, cleans, sterilizes and disposes of dialysis equipment and supplies in order to provide safe and optimum patient care 
  • Follows procedures for universal precautions and hazardous substances. 
  • Familiar with and util
  • Assist the professional nurse in the nursing care of patients by safely and complete performing assigned and/or designated activities. Report all changes in condition or behavior to the professional nurse. Maintain accurate unit communication and assists with select clerical functions. 
  • Strictly adhere to all policies relative to patient care and hospital related information. Utilize hospital information systems.
  • Perform routine safety and maintenance procedures on water treatment systems to maintain water quality according to AMMI standards. 
  • Identify equipment malfunctions, pull equipment from service, inform the bioengineering technician, and facilitates repairs. Perform work in a timely and productive manner. 
  • Maintain ample stock of supplies within patient care areas/unit. Assist in maintaining unit cleanliness and order.
  • Provide patient care under the direction of the registered nurse. Follows all recommended precaution and isolation procedures
  • Constructively receive feedback and direction from charge personnel. Identify and communicate learning needs to appropriate supervisory personnel. Serve as a resource for staff on the operation and maintenance of dialysis equipment.
  • Serve as a preceptor for new clinical renal dialysis technicians. Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback and/or self identified developmental needs. Participate in self-review and the development of goals for the coming year.
  • Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establish respectful interpersonal relationships. Respond to emergent situations and initiate actions within scope of duties. 
  • Contribute to the universal activities of the unit, including but not limited to, respond to machine alarms, answer call lights, answer the telephone, pass/pick up meal trays and assist with patient care activities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction from charge personnel Identifies and communicates learning needs to appropriate supervisory personnel 


  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Previous hospital or medical training (LPN, EMT, medical assistant, nursing assistant, etc.) required. 
  • Previous clinical dialysis technician experience preferred. 
  • Successful completion of the UPMC clinical dialysis technician training program is required. 
  • Basic computer experience required. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to work with technical equipment.  
  • Ability to set up, operate, problem solve, and disinfect equipment used for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and water treatment. 
  • Ability to perform complex patient care procedures utilizing sterile technique.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Dialysis Tech certification preferred
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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