After over 5 years in IR, I give up. I love the specialty, but I refuse to work for another non-nurse. I have never had the trouble in my nursing career as when I worked in IR. I give up trying to justify my actions to a rad tech. It's not right. And it seems like it will never get fixed. I wish Joint Commission could come down like a ton of bricks on these Radiology departments. There's always some fluffy "nursing supervisor" or some disinterested nurse in another department as a "dotted line" to nursing. It's all a load of horse hockey and it needs to stop. It's ridiculous that a tech is hiring/firing/reviewing/disciplining RNs. And this one is done with it. I would discourage any RN from joining a radiology department.
Sep 11, '17
This is not what it is like where I work. Nurses are separate from the RTs. We work parallel to each other. In what part of the country are you working?
Sep 18, '17
Arkansas. I moved here from Mississippi. From a gigantic hospital to a small, private one. Same both places. My boss was a tech. Granted, one was the director of the Radiology department, but a rad tech nonetheless. It's unsettling, especially when you're the only nurse like I was at the small hospital. My "supervisor" worked in another department. Like...really??
OK I'm REALLY confused. I just got hired on and i start next week in radiology. But I interviewed with a nursing manager, she said she was super hands on and likes to be really accessible to the staff. I did a separate staff interview with some RNs who verified that and said they all can text her any time. I asked about the hierarchy because at my last job I had literally 5 bosses and she said I report directly to her. So what is this buisines about a radiology tech telling me what to do? The main reason I wanted this job was because my superior was clearly defined.
I have worked places where a senior Tech was the manager but I agree its a bad idea. My eval was completed by another nurse though. I would say this isn't the norm, most places have a NURSE manager and I agree it makes for a much better department.
Sounds like you don't have a problem then GaryRay lol. Good for you. Both hospitals had Cath labs with nurse managers. I just don't get it. What's different about IR?? One facility I was at bled staff to the Cath lab. The only reason I didn't transfer is that I lived too far away to be able to take call. They have a hard 30-minute call time. Hopefully you'll have a better experience than I did. I will NEVER work for another rad tech.
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