Radiology Nursing

How to Become a Radiology Nurse

Radiology nurses, also called imaging nurses, care for people undergoing radiation treatment, getting ultrasounds and MRIs, or receiving radiation therapy for cancer. They also make sure that patients are mentally and emotionally ready to undergo medical procedures. These nurses frequently work with new and innovative medical equipment. Radiology nurses must have a working knowledge of radiation safety, as well as all aspects of occupational health and safety and infection control.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOU NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • PASS YOUR CERTIFIED RADIOLOGY NURSE EXAM AND BECOME A CRN

$45,000 - $65,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Assessing a patient’s prior and current health, including any allergies and other health issues
  • Monitoring a patient’s vital signs
  • Administering and overseeing intravenous injections of contrast medium
  • Administering any required medications and light sedation when used
  • Preparing patients for their procedure
  • Providing anaesthetic assistance
  • Monitoring the recovery and discharge of patients after their procedure

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospital
  • Outpatient care facility
  • Physician’s office

Certification

RN, Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN)