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.... looking for a good change, wondering if there are any radiology nurses that love their jobs and what they specifically like about radiology nursing? Also, I don't have any children, but would like to one day. Is the job too "dangerous" or would I become sterile from working in radiology?--I know there are protections and it sounds silly to ask, but I am still worried. Can you please tell me radiology nurses what protections your hospital gives you from radiation? I have an interview soon for the position, are there any tips you can give me for the radiology nurse position? Also, I love starting IVs!, do you start many IVs in your job, what other procedures do you do? Thanks! ER-RN-looking-for-a-change.
I worked Radiology X21 years, loved it.
Our department was dynamic, Radiology Nursing is dynamic.
New procedures, new innovations, new techniques . . .
I liked that it was fast-paced but I only had one pt at a time to care for.
Started a LOT of IVs, although these days in a lot of centers the techs start the IVs.
RNs are called if there is a possible contrast reaction.
The hospital, the Radiology (or Imaging) Department is MANDATED to protect employees from more-than-necessary radiation exposure.
Lead aprons for everyone involved in fluoroscopic procedures, and everyone exposed to radiation wears a badge that is sensitive to radiation. Badge is exchanged monthly for a new one, the exposed badge submitted to a company that measures and reports monthly exposure and cumulative exposure.
Radiation Safety Officer and department manager review these reports.
I worked through two pregnancies and delivered healthy children.
My radiation exposure was severely limited during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
Co-workers and Radiologists were watchful, waiting till I left the procedure room to activate fluoroscopy (I always wore wraparound lead as a precaution).
There is a lot of physical labor (standing, walking, bending, squatting, reaching).
Each facility's requirements for Nursing may differ.
Ask what will be the RN's duties/responsibilities (these days may be a lot of moderate sedation administration and patient monitoring).
Will you be transporting of patients?
Shadow one of the nurses for a day, to better get an idea of the duties and working environment.
Again, I started a lot of IVs (sometimes 20+ per day), for CT scans and IVPs.
(interviewed a lot of pts on the fly, as I was setting up the supplies --- screening for allergies, previous reactions, how nervous are they? [more nervous = higher chance of reactions], expectations? )
Performed catheterizations for VCUG exams (on 2-month-olds to 12 year-olds to adults).
Prepped pts, set up supplies and helped with
* angiograms (we RNs helped in the Cath Lab as well)
* nephrostomy tube and stent placements
* biopsies (CT- and US- and fluoro-guided: lung, renal, liver)
* needle aspirations (FNA = fine needle aspiration)
* abscess drainages (CT- and US-guided: any body cavity)
* paracentesis and thoracentesis
and probably more but these are the most common procedures we helped with.
Also helped with administering sedation for claustrophobic pts undergoing MRI.
Did a lot of patient teaching pre- and post-procedure.
Made up billing sheets, patient instruction sheets, supply lists (for inventory and ordering) . . .
Wrote protocols, SOPs.
Check out ARIN https://www.arinursing.org/
Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing
I now work exclusively in a Cath Lab (and doing other Cardiac-related studies/duties).
I miss working in Imaging but still very much enjoy what I do.
I hope the interview goes well and if the job fits, that you enjoy the area!