• State Regulations and Legislation

Texas APRNs Could Perform Imaging Duties

Feb 08, 2017

The American Society of  Radiologic Technologists and Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists oppose a pair of bills introduced in the Texas legislature that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to perform diagnostic tests.

As written, House Bill 1415 and Senate Bill 681 would exempt APRNs from established state licensing requirements and allow them to perform medical imaging procedures without any education or training in radiation protection measures, patient positioning techniques and radiation physics principles.

By allowing individuals with no education or training to perform medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation, the state of Texas is putting patients at risk for radiation overexposure, multiple exams and positioning errors.

Only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. APRNs do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like conventional radiography and fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or nuclear medicine.

ASRT encourages radiologic technologists in Texas to contact their legislators in Austin and ask them to oppose H.R. 1415 and S.B. 681.

 


Kristin Seitz
Texas RT's need to oppose this erosion of our profession. We showed our disapproval of this on a national level (APRN's within the VA system) and this should not be permitted at the state level either. Contact your legislators, Texas. Speak up and be heard!
Jackie M. Miller
During my 47 years of radiology, I have worked with many very good RN's. They were very good at what they do. However, I have never worked with one that could effectively perform radiological procedures. I know there are some RN's out there that are also ARRT certified. and they probably could. These are few and far between and should not drive the norm. Defeat the bill!

 

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