201 Careers in NursingIn this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

BASIC DESCRIPTION
An anticoagulation nurse is responsible for monitoring patients in ambulatory care settings on anticoagulant therapy such as Coumadin based on clinical standards and protocols. Other responsibilities include anticoagulant medication administration, point-of-care testing, health education to patients and families regarding instructions for medication and care related to anticoagulation therapy.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Registered nurse license and several years of experience in acute or ambulatory care are required; Basic Life Support certification and completion of Anticoagulation Management Certification Course are highly desirable. Certification is provided by the National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of the complex interactions among food, supplements, electrolytes, and drugs with anticoagulant therapy
  • Knowledge of physiology of hemostasis and its related pathophysiology

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS