Can an echocardiographer who was appointed by the director of my department manage and evaluate RNs? I have a BSN.
Dear Nancy replies:
Your question raises some inquiries needing answers before a response is possible. Are you performing echo sonography at your facility? Did you undergo training to become an echo sonographer? Or, as an RN, BSN, are you providing nursing care to individuals who require an echo sonogram?
Obviously, as an RN providing nursing care and services, it is most appropriate that your clinical skills and expertise be evaluated by another RN (e.g., nurse manager, director of nursing). If, however, you are providing strictly sonographer services, then the sonographer manager is most likely the right person to be doing the evaluation of your practice in this area.
You might want to speak with the CNO of your institution to get clarification of exactly what criteria the sonographer manager is using to evaluate you. In addition, if this arrangement is not consistent with your state nurse practice act, its rules and any state requirements for the supervision of a nurse in your position, the CNO needs to be aware of this and make any needed changes.
If you are unsuccessful in getting the information you need, a consultation with a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who represents and consults with nurses would be a good idea.