Division: Imaging RNs
Unit and location: First floor, building A
Specialty certification needed: BLS, ACLS, PALS or ENPC may be substituted for PALS. Telemetry monitoring and demonstrated proficiency in cardiac rhythm interpretation. Conscious sedation competency mandatory. Nurses should have critical care background. Optional certification in certified radiology nursing (CRN).
Size of unit, number of beds and treatment areas: Four patient bays located in Imaging Staging for short term monitoring or minor procedures. There are no licensed beds in imaging, however there are 25 patient exam rooms in imaging that consist of the following types: X-ray, Mammography, Ultrasound (US), Computerize Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Of these modalities, there are about 7 rooms dedicated to invasive procedures.
Scope of service: The Imaging department at Salem Health provides care for patients in need of Imaging and Diagnostic procedures. This includes inpatients and outpatients as referred by physicians. Patient population ranges from pediatric to geriatric, but is predominately adult and geriatric patients. Imaging RN’s should have a critical care background and be certified in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and maintain conscious sedation competency. Nursing care encompasses minimally and moderately invasive procedures, which may or may not require conscious sedation. In addition, conscious sedation may be utilized for non-invasive imaging scans for patients with claustrophobia or pain control issues. We also support the floors for some procedures requiring RN sedation.
Most common diagnoses: ESLD, cirrhosis, Hepatitis A/B/C, pulmonary disease, heart failure, renal disease, cancer, r/o cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, r/o MI, drain placement.
Professional assets: Imaging RNs work hand-in-hand with a variety of professionals including radiologists, interventional radiologists, physician assistants, ultrasound technologists, CT technologists, MRI technologists, NM technologists, X-ray technologists, mammography technologists and telemetry trained unit clerks. Imaging RNs also provide back-up care for cardiologists.
Shift hours and unit-based resources: Imaging RNs staff between the hours of 0700 and 1930, Monday thru Friday. Weekend coverage is between the hours of 0800 and 1830. An imaging RN is on call during holidays from 0800-1630.
Collaborative resources: Imaging doctors, physician assistants, lead imaging technologists, and imaging managers. Imaging RNs can also call on house resources such as rapid response team, assigned house supervisor, patient transportation, and interpretative services.
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