Radiology Nurse Career Guide

Looking for a different career guide?

Overview

A Radiology Registered Nurse (RN) is a specialized healthcare professional who works in the radiology department of a hospital or imaging center. These nurses play a crucial role in providing care to patients undergoing various radiological procedures, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and interventional radiology procedures. Radiology RNs work closely with radiologists,

Education

To become a Radiology RN, one must first obtain a nursing degree. This typically involves completing a nursing program, such as an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). ADN programs generally take two to three years to complete, while BSN programs typically take four years. Nursing schools and universities

A stethoscope held in one hand

Related certifications

To excel as a Staff or Travel Radiology RN, certain qualifications and experiences are necessary. Radiology RNs should have a solid understanding of radiology procedures, imaging modalities, and contrast media administration. Some employers may require additional certifications, such as the Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) certification, which demonstrates specialized knowledge and competency in radiology nursing.

Experience in critical

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
Select
A stethoscope held in one hand

Skills

To succeed as a Radiology RN, a combination of knowledge, hard skills, and soft skills is essential. Firstly, a comprehensive understanding of radiology procedures, imaging technology, and radiation safety is necessary. Proficiency in administering contrast media, interpreting diagnostic images, and assessing patients' conditions is vital.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are crucial in building rapport with patients, their families, and the

Thousands of
healthcare jobs in
your pocket.

4.8

13.6k Ratings

4.4

1.5k Ratings

Responsibilities

Radiology RNs have various responsibilities associated with their role. These include assessing patients' conditions and medical history, preparing patients for radiological procedures, administering contrast media or medications, monitoring patients' vital signs during procedures, assisting radiologists during interventional procedures, documenting patient data accurately, providing education and emotional support to patients and families, and ensuring radiation safety protocols are followed.

Salary Insights

Compare your pay with the most up-to-date job market data using our comprehensive salary calculator.
Radiology Nurse
$2,204-3,062/week

The average salary for a Radiology Nurse is $2,596.55 per week.

Last updated on June 25, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Like any specialty, there are benefits and drawbacks to becoming a Radiology RN.

Pros:

  1. Specialized Knowledge: Radiology RNs gain specialized knowledge in radiology procedures, imaging technology, and radiation safety.

  2. Continuous Learning: Radiology is a rapidly evolving field, providing opportunities for ongoing professional development and staying updated with new imaging modalities and techniques.

  3. Collaboration Opportunities: Radiology RNs work closely with radiologists, radiologic technologists, and other

Was this page helpful?

Radiology Nurse Jobs


View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology

  • Hilo, HI
  • IDR Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs
  • Referral Bonus

$3,509/week

 Verified
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology

  • Springfield, MA
  • Coast Medical Service
  • 4x10 hrs, Days

$3,322/week

Posted 4 days ago
 Verified
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Interventional Radiology

  • York, PA
  • Nationwide Therapy Group
  • 5x8 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$3,360/week

Posted 4 days ago
 Verified
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Radiology
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Radiology

  • Kenosha, WI
  • PRIDE Health
  • 5x8 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$3,302/week

Posted 5 days ago
 Verified

Get alerts about new jobs

Be the first to know about new jobs for Radiology Nurses.

Some of the content on this page was enhanced using artificial intelligence.

Join over 1 million healthcare workers that are getting a head start with Vivian.

Join Vivian
A group of healthcare professionals.