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The Role of the Radiology Nurse. Senior Sisters Jill Harris & Carol Ewen 7 th November 2011. Overview of our role. Provide nursing support to Radiology Directorate within NUTH Form part of the Management Executive Team Act as educators + Infection Prevention & Control leads

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the role of the radiology nurse

The Role of the Radiology Nurse

Senior Sisters

Jill Harris & Carol Ewen

7th November 2011

overview of our role
Overview of our role
  • Provide nursing support to Radiology Directorate within NUTH
  • Form part of the Management Executive Team
  • Act as educators + Infection Prevention & Control leads
  • Responsible to Heads of Nursing via Directorate Manager
  • Matron as professional lead only
how we see the perfect radiologist
How we see the “perfect” Radiologist

Knowledgeable / Reliable / Safe

  • A source of up to date information for the MDT
  • Educators of colleagues and patients
  • Start lists promptly
  • Be available to support staff when required
  • Know your own limitations and don’t put patients at risk
how we see the perfect radiologist4
How we see the “perfect” Radiologist

Good leadership skills / Team player

  • Provide pre-procedure team briefing in line with WHO guidelines
  • Direct the team and offer advice
  • Integrate with the team to improve workflow & relationships
how we see the perfect radiologist5
How we see the “perfect” Radiologist

Communicative / Good listener

  • Liaise re: specialist equipment
  • Inform staff of any delays to the start of your list
  • Suggest service improvement and development
  • ‘Be open’
  • Listen to the team and acknowledge their concerns
  • Value team views & opinions
how we see the perfect radiologist6
How we see the “perfect” Radiologist

Organized / Hands on

  • Inform the team and secretary of any changes to the list
  • Utilise the skills of the MDT to provide a seamless service
  • Assist with cleaning, M&H, cannulation and sedation
how we see the perfect radiologist7
How we see the “perfect” Radiologist

Good sense of friendly/ Good sense of humour

  • Be approachable and understanding
  • Try and see the funny side of situations
  • Banter is good!
what we can offer
What we can offer
  • 40 + years Radiology Nursing experience
  • Support change, improvements & introduction of new services
  • Facilitate training – CPR / M&H / IPC
  • Role expansion / All degree profession by Sept 2013
  • Provide support during emergency situations
  • Act as patient advocate
infection prevention control issues in nuth
Infection Prevention & Control Issues in NUTH
  • Reduction in MRSA bacteraemias per annum from 95 in 2003/04 to 7 in 2010/11
  • Reduction in C. Dif. per annum from 466 in 2007/08 to 155 in 2010/11
  • Introduction of and publicising good hand hygiene technique for everyone
  • Introduction of DOH “Saving Lives” campaign (launched nationally in 2005)
  • Clinical Assurance Tool
scenario 1
Scenario 1
  • A request for a CT scan is sent for a patient with active C. Dif
  • How do you & your team manage this?
scenario 1 answer
Scenario 1 - Answer
  • Establish how urgently the scan is required
  • If non urgent, postpone until diarrhoea has stopped
  • If urgent, appoint at end of list
  • Remove excess equipment from room + don protective clothing
  • Post scan, clean room with hypochlorite solution 1:1,000 & arrange for wall washers to clean walls before room used again
scenario 2
Scenario 2
  • Patient collapsed in waiting room
  • What do you do?
scenario 2 answer
Scenario 2 - Answer

ABC – BLS if appropriate

Provide emergency care

Make area safe & private if possible

Communicate clearly to the staff (a nurse may not be present)

Try to identify patient

Establish medical history & reason for radiology visit

Contact relatives

Arrange referral to clinicians for admission