Where to Network As a Dialysis Technician



Professional Organizations for Dialysis Technicians

There are professional organizations for almost every job in the medical field. In fact, professional organizations exist for almost all career areas. As a dialysis technician this is no different and there are several organizations that focus on the dialysis technique. Before discussing the various organizations, let's answer the question of why you should join professional organizations in the first place.


Several good reasons to join a professional organization. Below are the main reasons for doing this:

  • You can meet other like-minded people
  • You can access speakers and other experts in your specific field
  • It's always good to add membership of a professional organization to your resume
  • You can get discounts on publications and other information that keeps you up to date in your field
  • It's a good place to collect professional references
  • It's a good way to network with others when looking for a job
  • Most professional organizations offer free training in the form of real workshops or webinars
  • It's an excellent way to showcase your talents and background to potential employers who conduct random searches for applicants

Now that you know the benefits of being part of a professional organization, let's take a look at which organizations you can get involved in as a dialysis technician!


American Society for Artificial Internal Organ (aka ASAIO):

This organization brings together people from many fields to discuss different topics in their field. It includes not only dialysis technicians, but also scientists, doctors in all fields, engineers, etc. who are committed to keep the study of artificial organs in development. There are currently about 800 members and they come from 30 different countries. The benefits of membership in this organization include a free online peer-reviewed journal, invitations to their annual conference, and open access to all information on the ASAIO website that is intended for registered members only.


National Kidney Foundation:

The mission of the NKF is to be committed to the prevention of kidney disease and to help patients and their families solve health problems in their lives. They are also advocates for kidney donation. They have a special membership for nurses and technicians in the medical sector. When you join you get access to new and updated facts, tools and much more. You'll get the latest information from the Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians, as well as access to four medical journals. You can also nominate and be nominated for awards and grants for professional research.


National Information Center for Kidney and Urological Diseases:

The mission of the NKUDIC is to provide information about the diseases of the kidneys and those of the urological system as a whole to help those who have these diseases and those who care for those with these conditions. This organization distributes publications to patients and their families and provides them with information and support. The benefits of membership in this organization include workshops, publications, and continuing education in their field.


National Association of Nephrological Technicians/Technologists:

NANT is an organization that promotes education. This very organization do gives its members the opportunity to learn as much as possible about their field, including new developments. Membership benefits include four newsletters a year, discounts on select publications for each field, discounted fees to attend conferences and webinars, a subscription to the best nephrology magazines, a membership card, and more.


ECRI:

This is a non-profit organization that acts independently with its research to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of care for all patients. Their evidence is unbiased and educates people in the medical field about drugs, medical devices and procedures. ECRI consists of more than 5,000 medical professional organizations from various fields.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:

The NIDDK supports and conducts both clinical and fundamental research into diseases that affect a large part of society. In addition to their research, they set up conferences and share trial information with other colleagues. Being a part of this organization will give you access to potential scholarships, research funding and reach out to other professionals who do the same kind of work as you.


International Association of Nephrological Technicians and Technologists:

The ISNTT  has been one of the professional association that embraces educators, biomedical technologists, suppliers, patient care technicians, and more to raise standards of treatment and education for those who provide treatment to those experiencing kidney failure. However, these things are achieved as a series of fixed initiatives. Membership benefits include discounted rates on continuing education programs, study guides, professional news stories, networking opportunities, and more.


American Nephrology Nurses Association:

ANNA is one of the leading organizations bringing nursing and nephrology together for a common purpose. Their mission is to promote appreciation and excellence in nephrology nursing to make a real difference to people suffering from kidney disease. It was founded in 1969 and now has over 10,000 members. Membership benefits 

of ANNA do include a subscription to the Nephrology Nursing Journal, career-building educational programs, access to scholarships, awards and grants, networking opportunities, and more.


These are just a few professional organizations that are open to dialysis technicians. For a complete list, please visit , where you will find a wealth of other information aimed at dialysis technicians and others in the medical field. You can Consider to join at least one of these professional organizations as it can only help your future and career.

Along with these organizations, CLICK HERE is a helpful online resource to help you explore the field of dialysis technicians

The links to all of these organizations can be found there, as well as materials that help pass the national certification exam, which is a requirement to join most of these networks

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