Radiology nurses work with patients undergoing treatment or screening using MRI, sonography, CAT scans, and more.
As a radiology nurse, you’ll work with sonographers, radiological techs, and other trained professionals to provide patients with the best care possible. You’ll also work assist doctors who are responsible for assessing a patient and developing a treatment plan. Your daily tasks will depend on the patient you’re seeing, but it could include educating the patient on the radiological process, monitoring patients during the process, and administering sedatives and other medications if necessary. Some radiology nurses work with patients undergoing radiation to combat cancer, so your tasks may include providing care after the procedure is complete.
Salary and Career Options
Entry-level radiology nurses make about $40,000, but if you have education and experience in this field, you could make upward of $75,000 as a radiology nurse. Many technicians and technologists working with this type of equipment go on to become radiology nurses, and you can also consider specializing to work with a single type of patient or machine. If you want to make more money as a radiology nurse, you can go back to school to earn a master’s degree in nursing or even get a doctorate in this field.
Educational requirements for radiology nurses depend on the type of nurse you want to become. Most employers do not hire many radiology LPNs, so you’ll need to be certified as an RN to work in this field effectively. RNs complete at least an associate’s degree in nursing, and your classes in this kind of educational program will cover both general nursing skills and skills related to radiology. Getting a graduate degree to become an advanced practice nurse allows you to focuse on these specialized classes.
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