| Advertised Summary Job Description: *This is a staff nurse position.*|
Reporting to the department physician and working closely with all staff members, the radiology nurse's role requires a high level of knowledge, expertise and independence. The nurse must possess the composure to work in high volume outpatient environment and show flexibility as the needs move them to each clinical space. Must have patient care centered mentality. This split responsibility job description provides nursing care to a patients undergoing PET/CT, CT and MR scans. The primary duties include but are not limited to:
- Evaluates daily patient schedules and ensures all the Lab records, any related imaging reports are available.
- Assess patients before administration of radioactive material for PET/CT procedures, iodinated and non-iodinated contrast for diagnostic CT or MR imaging or other imaging studies. Monitor patients throughout the procedure. Obtains appropriate history including allergies.
- Establishes intravenous access for radioisotope and contrast administration, including power ports with proper identifying documentation.
- Provides safe and accurate administration of radioactive material, contrast medium, medication, intravenous fluids, and other medications in accordance with physician orders and nursing standards.
- Monitors patient for any/all contrast reactions.
- Perform physical, psychological and cognitive status assessments of patients.
- Monitors patient while in the imaging area for change in status and make appropriate intervention and contact physician if needed. The nurse also informs the technologist or radiologist of any unusual patient needs and performs specialized nursing duties as determined by their nursing assessment.
- Explains procedure; assess patient's pregnancy status if needed. Initiates care and discharge plan for patient's pre and post imaging procedures.
- Responsible for research participants. Primary duties include: establish,
implement, and monitor patient care standards; direct, coordinate, and monitor research protocol and research team activities and monitoring arterial line on the participants if needed.
- Calls patients with pre-test instructions/prep.
- Must be familiar with POCT testing including use of Glucometer, iSTAT creatinine and Urine pregnancy testing.
- Identifies and corrects problems as appropriate with all critical occurrences reported to the next level of authority.
- Maintenance of Cardiac Arrest cart, defibrillator, EKG machine, BP machine, pulse ox and medical gases, etc.
- Orders and stores medication and supplies related to patient care.
- Works collaboratively with students, residents, faculty and staff.
- Ensures that all patient, patient's family, as well as coworkers receive prompt attention and are treated with respect no matter how limited the contact.
- Assists and coordinates adult and pediatric inpatient transport.
- Follows Radiation Safety and Environmental Health and Safety guidelines set by the University.
- Conforms to all applicable HIPAA and OSHA other regulatory compliance and safety guidelines.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree plus four years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have New York State RN license and be BLS/ACLS and PALS certified.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.