I am currently working in a Cardiac Cath Lab that also does Interventional Radiology Special Procedures. We also have Radiology nurses in a different department. I have worked as an Emergency RN, Flight RN, and Rapid response nurse. I think that getting both degrees is a great idea....but....you have to have working experience to be respected in either. The Rad tech's I work with all have had at least two years of being a Rad Tech before they come to our unit. Then, it takes a special kind of person to learn and entirely new skill, scrubbing in with the doctor. The Rad Tech's scrub (prepare the patient, set up the equipment, run the table, and help the doctor manipulate the equipment . It is a steep learning curb. Both the nurse and the Rad Tech learn how to record the case. SOME facilities let the rad tech medicate the patient......This is where nurses get defensive. We go through years to learn how to medicate and monitor patients, and don't want to be replaced by someone who has just taken a course on a few drugs.( Just being honest here). The Nurse in Radiology/Cath Lab, Special procedures must research the patient's background, get consents, put in orders, sedate the patient, respond to changes in patient condition, and recove the patient. Here is where you MUST have experience. You have to know when to react quickly, and that is not when things have already gone bad. Nust this weekend I worked with a nurse that did not have critical care experience. The patient was scheduled for an emergency pacemaker. It made sense, he had altered mental status, heart rate in the 30's. What she did not take into account was that he had a critically high potassium level of 6.8. He needed to have this addressed YESTERDAY. Before we proceed we needed to tell the physician, who was going to put a permanant pacemaker in him. It turns out, after the man was treated his heart rate improved and he only need a temporary pacemaker until his potassium was completely corrected.
So, I support you getting as much education as you can, just remember you need the experience to back it up with. Good Luck