Radiology nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for patients undergoing various diagnostic imaging procedures or radiation therapy. Sometimes called radiologic nurses or medical imaging nurses, these nurses play a vital role in helping diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions and diseases, so they’re always in demand. Radiology nursing can be a highly rewarding career path for nurses wanting to support patients during vulnerable, potentially life-changing moments.
ZipRecruiter reported that the annual average pay for radiology nurses on staff nationwide was $81,942 in December of 2020. This works out to about $1,575 per week or $39 per hour. During this same period, radiology nurse jobs on NurseFly paid a gross average weekly rate of $1,984 when working an average of 36 hours per week. This salary may include non-taxed compensations, such as meal stipends and housing allowances for travel nurses who claim permanent tax-homes.
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How Much Do Radiology Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, April 10th 2021, the average weekly pay for Radiology Nurse jobs is $2,221, but can pay up to $4,140 per week. In 2021, Radiology Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,984 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,247 per week.
- min - $1,280
- avg - $2,221
- max - $4,140
What are the best agencies for Radiology Nurse jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Radiology Nurse jobs are Aureus Medical Group - Nursing (38), Stability Healthcare (37), and TotalMed Staffing (36).
What does a radiology nurse do?
Unlike interventional radiology nurses, who perform minimally invasive therapeutic procedures using imaging guidance, radiology nurses work in a diagnostic or screening capacity and assist cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Specifically, radiology nurses assess and care for patients before, during, and after radiation therapy or diagnostic imaging procedures, such as x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and CT scans.
Radiology nurses make sure patients understand what to expect by explaining the procedure, answering their questions, and instructing them on preparation requirements. They work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals while making sure accurate images are taken and the patient remains comfortable. Other common tasks may include:
Inserting and removing IV lines for dyes, contrast mediums, or medications
Administering barium enemas and solutions to patients prior to procedures
Injecting dyes or contrast mediums
Inserting Foley catheters
Identifying and treating complications related to contrast administration
Administering doctor-ordered conscious-sedation drugs or medications
Assessing peripheral IVs and infusaports
Monitoring vital signs during and after procedures
Assisting with medical procedures during imaging
Providing post-procedure patient assessments and care until discharge
Where do radiology nurses work?
Radiology nurses may work in a variety of settings, but many of them work in hospitals, medical centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. They also may work in outpatient imaging clinics or specialized facilities with imaging services, such as pulmonary clinics or women’s health facilities. Most healthcare facilities employing radiology nurses have high patient turnovers, so they usually work with patients of varying ages and backgrounds each day. Radiology nurses may focus on diagnostic, interventional, or oncology radiology, which further guides them to a specific work setting.
What skills make a good radiology nurse?
Good radiology nurses have a high level of technical expertise, advanced knowledge of radiologic science, and strong computer literacy skills. Because they care for a large, transient patient population of varying ages, they must be adaptable with keen critical thinking and assessment skills to determine each patient’s unique needs. They’re highly organized and skilled multi-taskers to ensure each patient receives the best of care. Good radiology nurses also have excellent communication skills that enable them to communicate with a wide array of patients and other members of an interdisciplinary team. Interpersonal skills, compassion, and empathy are top qualities to ensure patients receive the comfort they need while undergoing difficult procedures.
How to become a Radiology Travel Nurse
Prospective radiology nurses must complete either an associate degree or a Bachelor of Science in nursing from an accredited program. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete all state licensing requirements to earn RN licensure. They also must earn Basic Life Support certification and possibly Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. Although not required, RNs may pursue Certified Radiology Nurse credentialing through the Radiologic Nursing Certification Board and/or a Master of Science in Nursing degree to advance their careers. Many radiology travel nurse positions require two years of recent radiology experience.