PICC Nurse in need of x-ray education

by HMarie13 HMarie13 Member

Specializes in Vascular Access Nurse. Has 5 years experience.

I am actually a PICC nurse but I want to be able to clear my own chest x-rays without having to wait for a radiologist to read the x-ray and say the PICC is ok to use. That usually takes about an hour. I can tell if a PICC is good but I need some type of education to back me up.

I've heard of classes where they teach how to read just chest x-rays...has anyone else heard of this? The guy I spoke to took it about 10 years ago.

dianah, ASN

Specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology. Has 47 years experience. 9 Articles; 3,529 Posts

Position statement (no pun intended! ;) ) of an Infusion Nursing organization re: RN checking cxr for PICC tip placement:

RN's viewing x-rays for PICC tip placement | Infusion Nurse Blog

Discussion of same on an IV therapy BB:

Policy for nurses determining proper placment of a PICC line by reviewing an xray | IV-Therapy.net

A CEU offering:

How to Read a Chest X-Ray, Part 1 | CE697 > Continuing Education Unit at Nurse.com

Main idea from above sites is to have the RN do a prelim reading, followed by the Radiologist's official read.

Check with your state's BON re: scope of practice, then if within scope, write policy and clear it through proper facility channels. Obtain training needed (as outlined in policy) and you should be good to go!



Specializes in Vascular Access Nurse. Has 5 years experience. 40 Posts

Yea that's how I've heard of nurses doing it in the past. Just ok for use but the radiologist still reading the X-ray.

Thanks so much for the links !!