Travel Diagnostic Radiology Nurse Jobs
Make a Difference as a Diagnostic Radiology Registered Nurse
Diagnostic radiology RNs have the opportunity to work with an amazing team of healthcare pros while helping patients undergoing diagnostic radiation procedures. It's a dynamic and technologically advanced environment filled with collaboration - sound like the right fit for you?
Plus, travel nursing adds even more perks. You get to do a job you love, feel fulfilled at each day's end, explore new cities and spaces, and of course, make some pretty great cash. As a travel nurse, you choose your next adventure.
What is a travel radiology nurse?
A diagnostic radiology nurse, also known as a radiology nurse or radiologic nurse, is a specialized healthcare professional who plays a crucial role in the radiology setting and imaging department. Radiology nurses work to care for patients undergoing diagnostic imaging procedures involving radiation such as X-rays, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans, and ultrasounds. These clinical nurse specialists work closely with other medical professionals like a radiology technician, radiologist and radiology nurse practitioner to perform imaging procedures and interpret results.
Typical Radiology Nurse Responsibilities:
- Prepare patients for radiologic procedures, explain the process, answer questions, and ensure the patient is mentally and physically ready for the procedure
- Monitor patients' vital signs before, during, and after procedures
- Administer medications as needed, and manage any allergic reactions to contrast dyes used in certain imaging procedures
- Follow strict provider and patient safety guidelines to protect themselves, their patients, and their colleagues from unnecessary radiation exposure
- Provide follow-up patient care, including observing patients for complications and instructing patients on any necessary post-procedure care and pain management
Choose where you go
With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.
Advantages & Perks for Travel Radiology Nursing Jobs
Competitive payTravel nurses are the backbone of medical traveling. Pay transparency means you can see what you'll actually get paid before you even apply.
Per diemTravel radiology nurses qualify for a weekly, tax-free per diem that can help you cover the costs of moving, like your transportation, meals, and other expenses.
CertificationsLevel-up, nurse. Get your state licenses and travel nurse requirements reimbursed.
Travel lifeSee new spaces. See new faces. Grow and learn in your nursing career as you grow and learn in various cities all over the country.
Travel Nursing Compliance & Licensure
Being a travel radiology nurse is a great way to grow your experience and learn on the job. What if your dream travel assignment is asking for certifications you don’t have? Don’t sweat. You’ll get training in nursing and financial assistance for the cost of licensing and certifications!
Degrees and Certifications
Keeping up with the world of licensing and certification can be intimidating. Degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty but getting compliant for your home state and others you want to travel to is easier as a medical professional. Compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to ensure that you have all the relevant credentials required for any and all travel jobs.
Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty in nursing.
The three parts of compliance
- Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
- Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
- Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams
How do I become a radiology nurse?
After completing your Associate's or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, completing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is an essential step in obtaining licensure so you can become a radiology nurse. Before specializing in radiologic and imaging nursing, nurses often gain experience in a general healthcare setting. Working in areas like critical care or emergency nursing can provide beneficial experience.
After gaining some general nursing experience, you can become a radiology nurse. This can often involve on-the-job training, but may also include completing a postgraduate certificate in radiology nursing. Before applying for travel radiology nurse jobs, it is recommended that you have two years experience as a practicing registered nurse.
How much does a certified radiology nurse make?
The average radiology nurse salary can vary significantly based on a number of factors including geographic location, years of experience, and the type of healthcare facility. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for registered nurses, in general, was $75,330. However, radiology nurses may earn more due to the specialized nature of their work.
Are there any radiology nursing certifications I should consider?
Yes! As a radiology nurse, you may choose to pursue credentials from a radiologic nursing certification board to enhance your knowledge and professional development. While not always required, oftentimes employers prefer candidates who obtain certification by completing coursework and passing a certified radiology nurse exam that highlights your expertise of radiology nursing practice and commitment to the field. The Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing offers a Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) credential that can enhance career prospects. Radiology nurses are also often required to maintain certifications such as Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Where do radiology nurses work?
Diagnostic radiology nurses are typically employed in hospital radiology departments, where they assist with various diagnostic imaging procedures. However, their skills are also valuable in outpatient centers, where diagnostic imaging procedures are increasingly being performed. Opportunities may be available in specialized diagnostic imaging centers and outpatient surgical centers that perform procedures such as MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds.
Additionally, some radiology nurses work in private radiology practices or educational institutions. Those interested in research and development may find opportunities in healthcare technology companies that design and manufacture radiological equipment. As with many nursing roles, travel positions are also available, allowing these professionals to work in a variety of settings across different geographical locations.
What is the difference between a diagnostic radiology nurse and interventional radiology nurse?
Diagnostic radiology nurses facilitate diagnostic imaging, while interventional radiology (IR) nurses play a more procedural role caring for patients undergoing complex, image-guided interventions. The IR nurse requires specialized training for the OR-like interventional environment.