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Radiology Nurse

Radiology nurses help patients who are having radiation procedures done in the form of ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radiation oncology to diagnose cancer and other health conditions. They provide assistance to radiologists in determining an appropriate course of treatment as well as produce medical images to be reviewed by radiologists and radiology teams. Like other nursing specialties, radiology nurses spend a great deal of time talking, advising and supporting patients as they undergo radiation procedures. Radiology nurses prepare patients for radiology procedures by dressing them in lead gloves, aprons and other materials to protect them from unnecessary radiation exposure. They also maintain, adjust and evaluate radiation equipment to ensure that all tools are safe and working properly.

Radiology nurses are licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing or completed a nursing diploma program, as well as passed the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. In order to take the certification exam to become a certified radiology nurse, students must hold a current RN license and have a minimum of 2,000 hours in radiology nursing within the past three years. Once these steps have been met, nurses will be eligible to take the certification exam administered by the Radiologic Nursing Certification Board, Inc.

Radiology nurses should continue to see positive employment and salary outlooks in the future as people will continue to need radiology procedures. According to Salary.com, radiology nurses can make anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 per year. Like other nursing specialties, radiology nurses’ salaries can vary greatly by sub-specialty, employer, location, education level and experience within the field. Radiology nursing will also see some changes, such as an increased focus on patient care and a shift toward outpatient settings, since most procedures can be done over the course of a few hours.