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Are nurses allowed to use the C-arm?

Are nurses allowed to use the C-arm?

Are nurses allowed to use the C-arm? In short, no. Absolutely not. One of the seemingly larger issues in the O.R. is the fact that nurses and sometimes other staff such as surgical techs are operating the c-arm during surgery when an x-ray tech is not available.  This raises concerns with many radiologic technologists, as it should.  Here in Florida, the Florida Department of Health answers this very issue. "Do I need a Florida certificate (license) to administer ionizing radiation to humans in Florida, or perform other radiologic technology procedures? Yes, unless you qualify for an exemption listed under s....

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Setting Yourself Up for Success in Your Clinical Rotations

Setting Yourself Up for Success in Your Clinical Rotations

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Radiologic Technologist school and you have found yourself at your first clinical rotation! So, what now? I am sure you have heard all the horror stories, from techs treating students with disrespect, all the way to the techs making micro adjustments to the student’s positioning and techniques.  We have all been there and it is almost considered a “Rite of passage”. Many students have complained about these issues only to be told that they must “Pay their dues”.  Unfortunately, this is true.  Well, at least half true.  We must remember that as students, we...

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Setting Yourself Up for Success in the O.R.

Setting Yourself Up for Success in the O.R.

Working in the O.R. (Operating Room) as a radiologic technologist can be a little intimidating sometimes.  Depending on what type of case you might be asked to provide fluoroscopy for can sometimes mean the difference between having a great day, solidifying your place as a key member among a team of medical professionals, or wanting to crawl under a rock, hoping the surgeon forgets your name and face by tomorrow. Being tasked to go to the O.R. doesn't have to come with those feelings of uneasiness if you know how to set yourself up to succeed. Failing to plan is planning to fail and with...

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Should I be a Radiologic Technologist?

Should I be a Radiologic Technologist?

  What are your goals for a chosen career field? This is the first question you should ask yourself when deciding whether or not to pursue this career path.  Do you mind the sight of blood and/or other bodily fluids?  Do you get nauseous around foul smells?  You would be surprised at the myriad of smells the human body can produce, none of them appealing. Do you wince at the sight of an arm or leg bending in the wrong direction? Is your goal to be on the front line saving lives, or are you ok with being in the...

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