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A cardiac catheterization nurse has a specialized role and is a highly skilled cardiovascular nurse whose primary responsibility includes providing nursing care for patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. The spectrum of responsibilities ranges from preadmission to discharge that could include conducting a health screen, preparing patients before the surgery, assisting the surgeon during the surgical procedure, monitoring patients after the surgery, and discharging patients.
Registered nurse preparation and at least 1 year critical care or emergency room experience is preferred; Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support certifications are required; Critical Care Registered Nurse and/or Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist certification is highly desirable.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Excellent communication skills
- Knowledge of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology and cardiac dysrhythmias and their interventions
- Ability to wear lead protection while at work
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- Johnson and Johnson Discover Nursing campaign