The use of imaging to diagnose and treat the patient condition creates a unique technical environment for nurses to deliver high quality, compassionate care. A radiology nurse is a registered who provides care to patients within the radiology department of Southeastern Med.
Radiology nurses care for patients undergoing imaging exams, procedures and treatments. They are an integral part of the diagnostic imaging care team.
Radiology nurses provide patient care during radiological procedures by using their skills to identify and meet a patient’s individual needs. Just a sample of a Radiology nurses duties include:
- Assisting patients and their caregivers with any questions or concerns about their procedure.
- Assessing a patient’s prior and current health, including any allergies and other health issues.
- Monitoring a patient’s vital signs; that is, blood pressure, temperature, critically analyzing any changes, and then reporting and acting on those findings.
- Administering and overseeing intravenous injections of contrast medium (solutions that enable the area of the body being imaged to show more clearly on the images or pictures).
- Administering any required medications and light sedation when used.
- Preparing patients for their procedure, including the use of antiseptic solutions and other methods of minimizing the risk of infection.
- Providing anesthetic assistance when patients need to be drowsy (sedated) or asleep (using general anesthesia) during the procedure.
- Monitoring the recovery and discharge of patients after their procedure.