Radiology nursing plays a critical role in healthcare. With the federal government believing that there will be over 200,000 new registered nursing jobs between 2016 and 2026, radiology will provide nurses with more options for which field to work in. So, what is involved in being a radiology nurse? Read on to find out more about this little-known field.
Education Needed for a Radiology Nurse
For entry-level nurses in the radiology department, there is a need for a nursing license given by your state and an associate’s degree. Most places will also need an up-to-date basic and cardiac life support certification. Those working with children will also need a pediatric life support certification.
What Radiological Nurses Do
A nurse in the radiology department is guided by organizations like the American College of Radiology, requiring expert care, and is governed by regulations. They work to help educate their patients and provide comprehensive care. They will be assessing patients before, during, and after their procedure, as well as advocating for their care.
For an average procedure, the nurse will screen the patient for allergies and go over their intake forms. They’re the communication between the patient and the radiologist. The nurse checks for any allergies specifically to medications. monitors the patient throughout the procedure and will also administer the medications that may be required. Afterward, the nurse will monitor in the PACU (paranesthesia care unit) and will do post-checkout calls.
Average Pay for a Radiology Nurse
According to the latest PayScale, the average hourly pay rate is $32.85 for a nurse in radiology. The hourly rate range is $24 to $80 and the yearly total pay is between $46,000 and $165,000 as of November 2022. Places that employ radiological nurses include hospitals and clinics, diagnostic imaging centers, specialized care centers, and outpatient care facilities. Salaries can change depending on the facility you work in and your responsibilities at that specific location.
Becoming a Radiological Nurse
If you’re considering pursuing or are already in the process of becoming a radiology nurse, you can push your application to the top of the stack with specialist certifications such as the Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) specialization. Becoming a member of specialty organizations like the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN) can help as well. These organizations and certifications show a dedication to the field and the applicants strive for continuing education in the department.
The first step in providing excellent patient care is hiring educated and professional employees! If you want to learn more about the position of a radiology nurse, and all that entails, give Concentric Healthcare Staffing a call today so we can help!