Renal nurses provide care for patients who are experiencing, or are at risk of kidney disease. This includes patients who are on haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplant.
We practise in the inpatient ward, dialysis unit, outpatient clinic or even in community settings such as NUH care hub and hospice. As nurses, we take on multiple roles - as consultants, advocators, educators and care coordinators - to care for our patients with complex health needs.
Caring for renal patients involves slowing the kidney disease progression, managing their underlying co-morbidities, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, infectious disease, renal bone disease or psychiatric condition. As renal nurses, we collaborate with other healthcare professionals e.g. dietitian, medical social workers, dialysis coordinators and various community services to manage their physical and psychosocial issues.