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A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nurse specifically works to provide nursing care to patients, and often their families, undergoing an MRI procedure. An MRI is an imaging procedure that is used to view an organ or a body part that uses magnetic energy instead of radiation. He/she could oversee staff in an MRI unit/suite, and works in a variety of patient care settings that can include inpatient services or ambulatory care services and deals with all types of patient populations from children to older adults.
Registered nurse preparation and Basic Life Support certification are required; certification as radiology nurse is available.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
■ Knowledge of care of patients specifically undergoing an MRI procedure
■ Strong organization, managerial, and leadership skills
■ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
■ Strong assessment and critical thinking skills
■ Computer literacy
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
■ American Radiological Nurses Association (http://www.rsna.org/)
■ Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (https://www.arinursing.org/)