Endoscopy nurses, also known as gastroenterology procedural nurses, prepare patients and assist before, during, and after endoscopic procedures. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure in which a miniature camera, called an endoscope, is inserted into anal or oral cavities to assess gastroenterological or respiratory disorders. Endoscopy nurses are an essential part of the medical team and are an in-demand RN specialist. Endoscopy nursing is an extremely challenging, yet highly rewarding career choice.
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Endoscopy Nurse FAQs
What are the best agencies for Endoscopy Nurse jobs?
The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Endoscopy Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (96), Host Healthcare (62), and Ardor Health Solutions (57).
How Much Do Endoscopy Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on Vivian as of Monday, July 26th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Endoscopy Nurse is $2,349, but can pay up to $4,817 per week.
- min - $1,288
- avg - $2,349
- max - $4,817
What does an endoscopy nurse do?
Endoscopy nurses are involved throughout every phase of the endoscopic procedure. Common duties include:
Preparing patients and explaining the procedure
Preparing the room, equipment, instruments, and supplies for the procedure
Cleaning and sterilizing equipment before use
inserting IV access
Taking vital signs
Administering and monitoring conscious sedation
Assisting doctors with the procedure
Monitoring patients’ conditions
Helping assess and diagnose gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders and diseases
Labeling all specimens
Assisting patients to recovery
Providing post-procedure care
Providing after-care instructions to patients and their families
Endoscopy nurses may also perform emergency measures during or after procedures should patients have negative reactions to sedation medication or the endoscopic procedure.
Where do endoscopy nurses work?
Many endoscopy nurses work in hospitals, but they can also work across a variety of settings. Some places hiring endoscopy nurses may include outpatient facilities, private clinics, specialized treatment units, and specialists’ practices.
What skills make a good endoscopy nurse?
Endoscopy nurses are highly proficient at using all types of endoscopic equipment and must possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills. They require excellent communication skills with a healthy dose of empathy to effectively address patients in an informative, yet comforting manner. Attention to detail, time management, and written communication skills also top the list of desirable skills for a good endoscopy nurse.
How to become an Endoscopy Travel Nurse
Individuals must obtain registered nurse licensure to become an endoscopy nurse. Education requirements include earning an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN and complete state licensing requirements to become a registered nurse. Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications are required.
Some states and health care facilities require completion of an endoscopy program and/or specialized training in the field following licensing, which can often be accomplished on the job. When experience isn’t enough, individuals can earn Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse credentials through the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses after two years of full-time experience or an equivalent 4,000 hours of part-time experience in endoscopy or gastroenterology. Most travel nurse positions require one to two years of recent experience as an endoscopy RN, potentially in an acute care setting.