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Renal nursing is an ‘ever-expanding specialty’ that can provide nurses with a range of future career options, according to DIane Walker.

When Diane Walker asked about a discarded machine in her hospital’s storeroom during her nurse training in the 1980s, she was told it was for kidney dialysis but no one knew how to use it. This prompted her to take the ENB renal nursing course as soon as she qualified.

‘Dialysis nursing has come a long way since then, and is now one of the fastest developing specialties in our profession,’ says Ms Walker, now a home and supported self-care dialysis specialist sister at the St Pancras Kidney and Diabetes Centre.

Diane Walker at the unit in London’s St Pancras Hospital where renal patients can learn to self-dialyse

This new self-care dialysis unit at London’s St Pancras Hospital is one of the first of its kind in the UK. The unit opened in


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