So I have a new job at an IR department in a brand new hospital. There are 3 of us being hired, and we are the first IR nurses. We will set our own call schedules, workflow processes, and that kind of thing.
I wanted to ask other IR nurses what kinds of things you think are important when setting up an IR department.
So far, I want to make sure we have:
1) A good charge RN rotation for those of us who want to be charge
2) A policy in place for whether/when ICU nurses come and stay with their patients
3) Fair and equal call rotations
But I'm sure there are a ton of things I'm missing (I'm coming from the ED so I'm far from an IR expert). Let me know what you think is important, and give me your ideas!
I've been in IR for 7 months now, and we do radiology nursing as well. Decide what you can be called in for. Should you be called in for an inpatient ICU para or thora? Should you be called in for an inpatient lumbar puncture? Are you on call for both IR and radiology? Do you get a callback minimum if you're called in and aren't working for at least 3 hours (that's our callback minimum).