St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is home to the largest hospital-based dialysis program in New Jersey. With a total of over 80 stations in 3 units, patients received care through the continuum of health, from acute bedside to chronic outpatient treatments. In addition to staff assisted treatments, SJRMC offers self care and home hemodialysis, as well as peritoneal dialysis services.
The strength of the program is founded in the comprehensive education program. Nurses with at least one year of Medical Surgical experience are mentored through a 16-week preceptor program to deliver evidence based care. The educational program incorporates key components of evidenced based care, as well as the theory of Caring by Jean Watson. Relationship-Based Care is delivered using an interdisciplinary model where patients, and members of the healthcare team assess and plan for care.
The consistently high level of quality is the result of guidelines set by Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) and the work of the Vascular Access and Anemia Management Nurses. Recently the TransAtlantic Renal Network rewarded our efforts toward the "Fistula First Program" with a certificate of achievement. This is one more way nurses in the Nephrology Division are making a difference in our patients' quality of life.
Patients in our program are presented a choice of treatment modalities. We offer in-center staff assisted, as well as Self Care Hemodialysis, done in our unit. As part of the Home Dialysis Program, we offer Peritoneal Dialysis.
We are excited to announce our designation by the State Department of Health and Senior Services as a Home Hemodialysis training center. This new designation adds yet one more modality which allows our patients to chose a treatment option that best fits their lifestyle.
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