So I'm curious... Can you help?

  1. Hi!

    I am currently getting my AS to become a Rad Tech, while taking additional pre-reqs to get my AS & BS in nursing at another school. (I'm crazy, I know.)

    Anywho, I had never heard of Radiology Nursing until recently and considering that I'll have both degrees, I became intrigued.

    I've read some of the other threads about the difficulties that the nurses face against RT and I'd like to avoid overstepping or pissing off anyone. Would you be willing to explain some of the duties rad nurses complete in comparison to the duties of the RTs? How do/would they overlap or why the conflict?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    Not ignoring you, just pondering how best to answer your questions.

    Will post soon.
  4. by   Ciethekid
    Cool beans.

    I thought about asking one of the directors from my RT program, but I thought their opinion might be a little bit biased. Plus, they aren't aware that I am also interested in pursuing my RN.
  5. by   dianah
    The two disciplines distinctly overlap, caring for the same patient but with a different focus.
    My background is 21 years as a Radiology Nurse in a County facility.
    I worked with some excellent techs, who knew just what to do to help if the ER pt crashed during a CT scan, or the Angio Techs who had all passed ACLS and knew how to help with middle-of-the-night trauma pts.
    We worked as a team.

    In general (depending on the facility):
    RTs scrub and set up.
    RNs scrub and set up.
    Both understand the principles of the sterile field.
    RTs position the patient and manage (for lack of a better term) the imaging.
    RNs monitor the patient and administer moderate sedation.
    We both watch the patient!
    We both know our supplies, our tools for exams.

    Depends on the facility as to how the charting/documentation/billing/coding is done.


    From what I have read, some RTs resist the RN presence.
    Some RNs create an atmosphere that the nurse is always right.
    This, I have observed, stems from protecting their license from practicing outside its scope.
    It takes a wise leader to appreciate the strengths and focus of each discipline, and coordinate both in the best interest of the patient and patient care.
    Communication is key, plus understanding the scope of practice of each.

    I don't know if I have answered your questions.
    Feel free to ask more.

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