Are you an RN looking for a career change in a hospital setting? You might be interested in learning more about what an Interventional Radiology RN does or if these types of jobs are available near you.
Let’s look at the job description and other requirements for an Interventional Radiology RN.
What is an Interventional Radiology RN?
Interventional radiology (IR) is a medical specialty where various minimally-invasive procedures are performed using medical imaging guidance, such as x-ray, MRI, or ultrasound. The procedures might be for biopsy, diagnosis, or treatment.
An Interventional Radiology nurse is a specialized RN who assists the physician in these procedures. The nurse is responsible for patient care during the entire process, including the initial assessment, the plan of care, administering medication, checking for lab results, and reviewing the patient’s medical history.
What are the requirements to be an Interventional Radiology RN?
Eisenhower Health requires all Interventional Radiology RNs to have their BSN or MSN, or enrollment in an RN-BSN or RN-MSN program within 1 year of being hired, and completion within 5 years of hire.
Additionally, the following licenses and certifications are required or preferred.
- Required: California RN licensure; American Heart Association BLS
- Required: American Heart Association ACLS
- Required: American Heart Association PALS
- Preferred: Certified in specialty practice area
- Preferred: Certification in Radiology
What are the Interventional Radiology RN job responsibilities?
An Interventional Radiology RN’s responsibilities cover the patient’s entire procedure, from assessment to discharge.
Initially, the RN conducts a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual status, utilizing age specific data, among other considerations. The RN performs and documents ongoing assessments, including observation, physical examination, laboratory/test results, and patient response to procedural intervention.
The RN also participates in the identification and clarification of patient needs, to achieve optimal patient outcomes, as well as implements the plan of care according to the identified physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.
Additional responsibilities include assisting the radiologist during angiographic and interventional procedures by preparing the supply tray, passing guide wires and catheters, as well as setting up and maintains sterile trays and other equipment, practicing sterile technique, and passing instruments and supplies to the radiologist.
The RN performs Neuro and Vascular angiographic and interventional procedures.
Finally, the RN educates the patient on post-procedure requirements.
Why should I be an Interventional Radiology RN?
Registered Nurses enjoy job security and high hourly wages, so it’s a great career for anyone interested in financial stability. RNs are currently in demand, and the number of new jobs continues to grow.
Additionally, if you’re interested in the technical aspects of radiology, or enjoy working with neuro/stroke protocols, an Interventional Radiology RN role is a great choice.
Where are the Interventional Radiology RN jobs near me?
Job opportunities for Registered Nurses are growing, and radiology is an exciting specialty that will continue to need support. This is especially true in Southern California.
Eisenhower Health has an on-going need for RNs, including Interventional Radiology RNs. We offer award-winning medical facilities, where you’ll be part of a stellar team with other top health care professionals. The iconic Palm Springs area, in the unique and stunning California desert, offers a five-star lifestyle with exciting things to see and do all year.
Apply today to receive great benefits and jumpstart your career at Eisenhower Health.
Originally posted on 1/11/2022