I have worked as an RN in an Interventional Cath Lab for almost 2 years now. We have 3 rooms and each room is staffed with 2 RT's and 1 RN or 2 RN's and 1 RT. Either way the RT is the only one who is allowed to scrub in to assist the physician. Recently I approached our manager (who is also an RT) and asked her if the RN's could learn to scrub and assist. I was told that we could not. We would have to have been grandfathered in? Does anyone know what that means?
Several years ago the cath lab was staffed by RT's only. They gave meds, including IVCS. The first RN staffed in the lab met horrible resistance. During the last few years our cath lab has hired more RN's, we are up to 6 now. Up until the last 2 years the cath lab was a horrible place for an RN to work. I attribute the change to the attitude of the current nurses. We have an average of 10 years of critical care experience and are comfortable with who we are and what we know. We don't feel the need to strong arm our way into the lab. The RT's have realized that we are an asset to the lab and not a threat. Plus most of them are young and have never worked in a lab that did not have RN's. Yet we still have a few that are opposed to our learning to scrub. We are not wanting to replace them, we just want to learn how.
Is there a law or rule that states nurses are not allowed to scrub/assist?