If you’re an RN looking for a career change in a hospital setting, you may want to explore specialties, such as a GI Lab RN. You might be interested in learning more about what a GI Lab RN does or if these types of jobs are available near you.
Let’s look at the job description and other requirements for a GI Lab RN.
What is a GI Lab RN?
A Gastrointestinal (GI) Lab nurse is an RN who specializes in GI tract diseases and disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, and Crohn’s disease, among many others. GI nurses assist physicians with various procedures and treatments, and provide patient education.
A GI Lab RN may work with both inpatient and outpatient procedures, while using cutting-edge technology in the process. Procedures might include those such as colonoscopies and endoscopies.
What are the requirements to be a GI Lab RN?
Eisenhower Health requires all GI Lab RNs to have their BSN or MSN, or enrollment in an RN-BSN or RN-MSN program within 1 year of being hired, and completion within 5 years of hire.
Additionally, the following licenses and certifications are required or preferred.
Required: California RN licensure; American Heart Association BLS and American Heart Association ACLS
Preferred: Certified in specialty practice area
Experience in the gastrointestinal area, or other acute care role, or participation in internship program/course is also required.
What are the GI Lab RN job responsibilities?
The GI Lab RN is an integral part of all patient interactions. The RN assesses the patient’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual status, and performs and documents ongoing assessments including observation, physical examination, laboratory/test results, and patient response to procedural intervention.
The GI Lab RN participates in the identification and clarification of patient needs in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes. They implement the plan of care according to identified physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.
They assist the GI physician during colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures and perform patient education, including those related to the procedures and general dietary education.
Why should I be a GI Lab RN?
Registered Nurses enjoy job security and high hourly wages, so it’s a great career for anyone interested in financial stability. RNs are currently in demand, and the number of new jobs continues to grow.
Additionally, if you’re interested in the technical and dietary aspects of gastroenterology, or enjoy working with conscious sedation, a GI Lab RN role is a great choice.
Where are the GI Lab RN jobs near me?
Job opportunities for Registered Nurses are growing, and gastroenterology is an on-going specialty that will continue to need support. This is especially true in Southern California.
Apply for GI Lab RN and other nursing jobs today and jumpstart your career at Eisenhower Health. We encourage a healthy work-life balance and working in the Coachella Valley gives you access to world-class dining, shopping, wellness amenities, and outdoor activities.
Originally posted on 1/12/2022