Lead Radiology RN

Woodbridge, Virginia
May 08, 2024
Jun 05, 2024
Job Summary:

The scope of practice of Radiology Nursing occurs within the framework of the nursing process and encompasses those nursing functions which assist the member having diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional procedures. Nursing functions are directed toward providing continuity of care through pre-procedural assessment and preparation, intra-procedural intervention and post-procedural evaluation as well as patient education. The radiology nurse assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures quality assurance and education.
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Radiologist, assists physicians with procedures requiring professional nursing skills and implements medical treatment plan.

  • Provides pre-procedural assessment and preparation, intra-procedural intervention and post-procedural evaluation. Utilizes this assessment for identification of actual and potential needs. Responds to all contrast reactions and medical emergencies, assuming role as team leader until attending Radiologist or Emergency Medical system arrives. Administers all medications, p.o. or I.V., ordered by the attending Radiologist: Oxygen, l.V. fluids, premedication, sedation, narcotics, including pediatric sedation with appropriate V. S. and fluid monitoring. In conjunction with the technologists, administers oral CT Barium at appropriate intervals prior to CT scanning and l.V. contrast agents (ionic and nonionic). Performs or assists in l.V. angiocath or butterfly placement, nasogastric tubes or urinary catheters as necessary in adults, children or infants. Maintains crash carts and emergency supplies in each imaging suite daily, and monitors performance of defibrillator and suction. Checks supplies of Oxygen, l.V., Fluids, contrast, catheters, needles and medications. Monitors all sedated pediatric patients in CT or MRI (non-ionizing radiation; radar and micro-waves and 1 .5 Tesla static magnetic field. Assists in Special Procedures as needed. Reviews discharge instructions with patients or parents after imaging procedures or special procedures, myelogram, tube drainage, and arthrogram. Assists the Lead Radiologist in the triage of patients as urgent, ASAP, or routine for the purpose of scheduling.

  • Documents observations, interventions, and evaluations of the patient in the medical record in accordance with department policies and protocols.

  • Acts as interdepartmental liaison between Imaging Department and other service departments, offices and providers.

  • Utilizes assessments to monitor and identify potential risks which impact on patient safety and takes appropriate action.

  • Provides professional nursing care to patients. Assists Radiology staff by serving as a clinical resource.

  • Conducts departmental or interdepartmental in-services.

  • Provides patient and family education.

  • Serves as a patient advocate.

  • Participants in development and implementation of policies and procedures.

  • Maintains all drugs, medications and medical supplies at Imaging Center. Follows all Imaging Center policies and procedures.

  • Coordinates staff quality assurance ~- risk management programs.

  • Participates in Quality Improvement activities.

  • Maintains code cart in accordance to Imaging Center standards and provides emergency care as needed. Monitors performance of medical equipment.

  • Attends continuing education programs and updates knowledge of regulations, standards and techniques related to assigned duties.

  • Maintains and coordinates nursing orientation in the Radiology Department.

  • Performs other related duties as directed.

  • Makes monthly staffing schedules and day-to-day work assignments to department staff. Assesses workloads, on an on-going basis and makes special assignments, during peak and slow periods.

  • Handles difficult and problematic work situations related to patient care and member/customer service.

  • Performs highest level technical duties.

  • Serves as resources for other staff members answering questions and providing instruction as necessary.

  • Serves as resources for other staff members answering questions and providing instruction as necessary.

  • Performs special projects as assigned by supervisor.

  • May assist in developing and revising department procedures.

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