Radiology nurse in Indiana

  1. I am currently trying to get my LPN and then I want to do the bridge program to become an RN. my ultimate goal is to get my BSN and go into radiology. I have been trying to do my research on it in my state but Indiana is soooo sloooowww lol so I may have to go outside the state if I cant find what I need here. Can anyone give me pointers? Any state will do I just need to know what I will have to do to become a radiology nurse. Im so passionate about this. I really want this!!! Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   somenurse
    I can't help you, but that IS one fascinating field, indeed. I floated to the Radiology/Special Procedures dept pretty steadily for a while when i was a float, and whenever i worked in the Special Procedures area (often as the one giving "conscious sedation" for procedures) i was always amazed at the things they can do under fluoroscopy, and in awe of the techs who were assisting the procedures, and felt like i'd stepped into a science fiction set or something sometimes.

    good luck!!
  4. by   woodsyny
    I am a radiology nurse in New York. Every single one of us in our department and there are 16 of us are former ICU/CCU or ER nurses. You have to be able to read monitors number one. I got my radiology certification last year. Hard test but I passed it. We have had nurses also come from step down units and one from a med surg floor. We give a lot of training for 'new' people as we do lots of procedures and are on call also.
  5. by   Radnursewannabe
    Thank you for answering my question! Did you go to a local community college to the certification or did you do it online? Thanks again!
  6. by   woodsyny
    CRN is a national test and you have to go to a testing site. It is not done on a computer or taken as a course at a community college. I took mine at a hospital testing site
  7. by   Esme12
    Quote from Radnursewannabe
    Thank you for answering my question! Did you go to a local community college to the certification or did you do it online? Thanks again!
    CRN is a national certification exam that you are an expert in the field of radiology nursing. Look to the website for details. CRN Certification | C-NET | Center For Nursing Education & Testing

    Requirements:Initial certification to become a Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) is achieved by qualifying for eligibility to sit for the certification exam and achieving a passing score on the exam. At the time candidate applies to sit for the certification exam, candidate must:

    1. Currently hold an active RN license or international licensure equivalent. A photocopy of your current license must be submitted with your application.


    2. Have practiced as a licensed registered nurse a minimum of 2,000 hours in radiology nursing within the past 3 years.*


    3. Have obtained 30 contact hours of continuing education applicable to nursing care of radiology patients within 24 months of the date the candidate sits for the exam. A minimum of 15 of the 30 contact hours must be specifically related to radiology nursing. Contact hours in radiology nursing may be accumulated through any of the categories of continuing education activities provided the content is applicable to radiology nursing.

    * Eligibility requirement #2 may be met if you are engaged in direct patient care or direct clinical management, supervision, education, or direction of other persons to achieve or help achieve patient/client goals for the stated number of hours.

    Many radiology nurse have training and experience in Critical Care or Emergency medicine and have experience in responding to emergent situations.
  8. by   Radnursewannabe
    Thank you so much!
  9. by   Radnursewannabe
    Wow!! Thank for this information. It is very helpful. It let me know what I need to do. Thanks again!