Welcome to the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Radiology Nursing is a unique specialty that combines the latest in technology with the science of nursing. Our nurses in Radiology and PICC influence patient care in a variety of settings and nursing roles. They are involved in the assessment, planning and direct care of patients before, during & after diagnostic and therapeutic imaging procedures.
Radiology Nursing provides before and after care for patients of all ages, both inpatient and outpatient, undergoing various radiology procedures. The services involving nursing include Diagnostic, Nuclear Medicine, Interventional, Ultrasound, PICC, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Positron Emission Tomography and the Radiology Outpatient Care Unit. Our nursing care is influenced by the standards and scope of practice of the American Radiology Nurses Association (ARNA), the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), and the Infusion Nurses Society (INS).
We strive to work collaboratively with physicians, technologists, nurses in other departments and each other, to provide the highest quality and safest care to our patients. Our philosophy involves shared ownership and accountability among peers. The Nursing staff is encouraged to share ideas and engage in decision making when possible. Our radiology nurses have a strong clinical background in advanced patient care and are strong patient advocates. Patient and family education is an important part of Radiology nursing.
The Radiology Care Unit is a ten bed holding/recovery area that serves inpatients and outpatients undergoing a variety of interventional procedures and radiology studies. Nurses here care for patients in preparation for before their procedure and assist in patient recovery afterwards. Our patients are provided with semi-private accommodations, monitoring, and state-of-the-art nursing care. Recovery may include simple post procedure observation from anesthesia recovery for complex care patients.
Radiology Nursing provides both pre-procedure and post-procedure assessment, preparation, and care. Our nurses are highly skilled in the administration of moderation sedation for procedures. The primary functions of this specialty are:
Nurses in the Interventional, CT, MRI, Fluoroscopy, and Ultrasound areas administer moderate sedation to patients undergoing radiology procedures such as biopsies or drain placements. Moderate sedation may also be administered by the nurses to patients experiencing claustrophobia while undergoing a complex neurological procedure.
Nurses in the Nuclear Medicine and PET area monitor patients undergoing cardiac stress testing, PET scans and other nuclear procedures. Radiology has an anesthesia team available to work with more complex patients requiring radiology intervention and nursing works collaboratively with them to provide safe care.
The Radiology PICC Service is responsible for the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters in both adult and pediatric patients. These catheters, also known as PICC lines, are put in place by Registered Nurses from the Department of Radiology who have received special training. These nurses use local anesthesia when placing the PICC line. Following placement, an x-ray will be taken to verify location.