Xray tech~ more $$$ than RN??? - page 5

by SoulShine75

Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to the conclusion that I don't... Read More


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    Quote from NurseFirst
    I could believe the academics are tougher in RadTech programs. And, in fact, a friend of mine started RadTech school and will be going straight through for 2 years--no summers off.

    What I'm curious is, is the patient responsibility as great? I don't have any problem with the nursing academics--I have more problems with the actual application, and have lost sleep over my patients, wondering if I should have advocated for them better. What is the responsibility of the Rad Tech if an unstable patient needs to be xrayed?

    NurseFirst
    If a patient is unstable then more than likely the x-rays will be done with a portable machine either in the ER or the patients room, ICU, etc. It's pretty much a standing rule for diagnostic x-ray. CT and other specialties may be different. Also, if a tech sees an order come across that they know is wrong (ie order for a right foot when it is clearly the left foot that is mangled up) or totally off the wall, it's their duty to check w/ the ordering physician to clarify. If we were to perform the exam on the wrong part, we could be held liable big time.

    The best part of working in radiology IMO is that you see a constant stream of patients, instead of caring for a set number for the day. I worked as a CNA when I was thinking of going into nursing and I just could not handle it. I love working w/ patients but I would much rather see them and then send them on their way. Different strokes for different folks.

    To the OP: I didn't mean to try and turn this into a RT vs RN debate either. I was just a little off-put after reading posts of nurses being "insulted" by the pay RT's make. Felt like I needed to defend my chosen field, but I'll back off.

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    [QUOTE=angelac1978]If a patient is unstable then more than likely the x-rays will be done with a portable machine either in the ER or the patients room, ICU, etc. It's pretty much a standing rule for diagnostic x-ray. CT and other specialties may be different. Also, if a tech sees an order come across that they know is wrong (ie order for a right foot when it is clearly the left foot that is mangled up) or totally off the wall, it's their duty to check w/ the ordering physician to clarify. If we were to perform the exam on the wrong part, we could be held liable big time.

    The best part of working in radiology IMO is that you see a constant stream of patients, instead of caring for a set number for the day. I worked as a CNA when I was thinking of going into nursing and I just could not handle it. I love working w/ patients but I would much rather see them and then send them on their way. Different strokes for different folks.

    To the OP: I didn't mean to try and turn this into a RT vs RN debate either. I was just a little off-put after reading posts of nurses being "insulted" by the pay RT's make. Felt like I needed to defend my chosen field, but I'll back off.


    It's ok..it's sometimes hard to understand some peoples netiquette.
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    The answer (at least in NJ and the national average) is No, according to salary.com. In NJ RNs make 51,000(25th percentile) to 61,000(75th percentile) with the national average 45,000-54,000. Radiologic techs make 38,000 (25th) to 44,000 (75th) in NJ with the nat. average being similar. CT scan and MRI techs make approx. up to 47,000 MAX in NJ. Every postition a hospital is necessary and important....I personally don't feel like scrubing the floors or serving lunch, so I really appreciate people who do those jobs. But nursing encumbasses a lot more than any tech position. We must know all critical monitoring (cardiac, neurovascular, LOC, resp, psychosocial,etc) and who to respond EXACTLY to each if an emergency situation arises. If you work on a peds floor, you still have to understand adult concepts...what if a parent suddenly goes into cardiac arrest? X-ray techs (and others) must know how to do their jobs and be alert for complications, but its simply not AS much as nursing is responsible for. I really don't mean to insult anyone so please don't take any of this as a negative, I worked as a phlebotomist and a PCT before nursing school and felt very needed by nurses, pts, and drs.
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    just my. $ .02
    my sister is a dental hygeinist. she started out at $30/hr in Boulder CO . eight years ago
    whats the worst she can do to a patient
    Make their gums bleed ????
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    Quote from SoulShine75
    That is pretty insulting.

    (Gotta vent again) What kills me about this woman is that everything she does is better and everything she's gone through is worse and so on. You all know the story. You cannot carry on a conversation with her because she never lets you speak and as soon as you jump in she interupts you.

    Thanks for listening guys.
    You can't win with these guys so play with them. Tell her you are going into nursing just for fun and that money doen't matter cause you got millions coming soon from an inheritance. And tell her your husband has a 10" dick as you wink at her!
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    zenman, that's too funny. You certainly don't think that's going to make it past a moderator do you now?
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    :roll :roll :roll
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    Quote from zenman
    You can't win with these guys so play with them. Tell her you are going into nursing just for fun and that money doen't matter cause you got millions coming soon from an inheritance. And tell her your husband has a 10" dick as you wink at her!

    LMAO ....well it is true ya know!
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    lmaoooooooooooo !!! good one
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    The next time she starts in with all the wonderful, better things in her life, say something off the wall. Tell her, "That's great, but can you hock a loogie with this kind of distance and pinpoint accuracy?" & then demonstrate--you might want to practice first. Or start simple--challenge her to a belching contest after you've downed a liter of root beer. Use your imagination--there are plenty of things you can do or say to throw off someone like that.


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