Radiology nurse specialists provide medical care to patients who are receiving radiation treatment or therapy.
These nurses may also care for individuals who are having MRI scans, ultrasound tests or other tests that require the use of radiation.
Those who work as radiology nurses may choose to further specialize in a particular area of radiology such as ultrasound, radiation therapy, radiation research, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, computed tomography, breast imaging, and dosimetry.
While working with patients radiation nurses prepare and communicate the procedure with their patient, answer important questions, ensure that the patient is in a healthy mental and emotional state, checks diagnostic equipment to ensure that it is functioning proper and assists the radiology technician and other medical professionals with the radiology procedure.
In terms of direct patient care radiology nurses may monitor their patient’s vital signs, administer medications, insert or check IV’s and check catheters among other nurse related responsibilities.
These nurses care for a wide variety of patients both young and old and can assist patients who require different degrees care from individuals suffering from critical injuries and/or illnesses to individuals who simply require a standard check up.
Those interested in working as radiology nurses are required to first obtain their ASN or BSN nursing degree and pass the NCLEX-RN exam in order to obtain their licensee and gain experience working as a registered nurse (RN).
As a registered nurse potential radiology nurses are required to obtain 2,000 hours of work experience and training in the radiology field as well as gather 30 hours of continuing education in radiology before taking the certified radiology nurse exam and obtaining certification to begin working as a radiology nurse specialist.