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Clinical Dialysis Tech I


UPMC Shadyside is seeking a full-time Clinical Dialysis Tech I to support the Division of Hemodialysis! This position will split time evenly at UPMC Mercy, UPMC McKeesport, and UPMC East to support clinic sites. 

The Clinical Dialysis Tech I will work four 10-hour daylight shifts, with no evenings required! There will be approximately three Saturday shifts in a six-week schedule, with no Sunday shifts required, as well. 

The Clinical Dialysis Tech I performs under the direct supervision of the Dialysis Professional Nurse and in accordance with UPMC/unit policies and procedures. This role will prepare, operate, and maintain equipment used for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and water treatment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, initiating and discontinuing hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatments, monitoring the patient and equipment during the dialysis treatments, performing other select dialysis-related procedures, maintaining inventory and reordering supplies, and assisting the physician with line placements and renal biopsies. 

*Training Provided*


  • Assist the professional nurse in the nursing care of patients by safely performing assigned and/or designated activities.
    • Report all changes in condition or behavior to the professional nurse.
  • Maintain accurate unit communication and assist 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 facilitate 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.
  • Support the exemplary service goal of the UPMC by contributing to patient satisfaction and maintaining patient rights.
  • Suggest and support changes within the organization by responding and contributing to written and oral communication.
  • Assume responsibility for complex assignments and view problems as challenges.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department/organization.
  • Provide instruction to patients and families under the direction of the RN.
  • Perform machine breakdown, cleaning, and sterilization.
  • Set up peritoneal dialysis machine and prime tubing.
  • May initiate and discontinue 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 solve, as necessary.
  • May perform daily peritoneal dialysis exit site care, sterile peritoneal dialysis tubing changes, and obtain 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 record results.
  • Provide patient care under the direction of the registered nurse.
  • Follow all recommended precaution and isolation procedures.
  • Apply, monitor, and remove patient restraints.
  • Apply monitor leads and place patients on monitors.
  • Place patients on prescribed oxygen therapy and obtain pulse oximeter reading.
  • 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, responding to machine alarms, answering call lights, answering the telephone, passing/picking up meal trays, and assisting with patient care activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence, and impairment in the health professions.
  • Care for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • 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 solve, as necessary.
  • Obtain blood work from AV fistulas, AV grafts, and double lumen dialysis catheters.



  • 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


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