In 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!
The cardiovascular nurse works with patients who have compromised cardiovascular systems. Cardiac nurses perform postoperative care on a surgical unit, stress test evaluations, cardiac monitoring, vascular monitoring, and health assessments. The setting can be varied depending on the focus of the patient population. Cardiovascular nurses can work in acute care settings with surgical patients, in outpatient clinics doing case management, and in home care.
Registered nurse preparation is required; certification as cardiovascular nurse is available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a critical care nurse from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certifications
- Proficiency in reading cardiac monitors
- Critical care experience
- Knowledge of cardiac rhythms and cardiac disease
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
- Ability to manage acute episodes in chronically ill patients
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (www.aacvpr.org)
- National Association of Vascular Access Networks (www.navannet.org)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (www.nursecredentialing.org)
- Society for Vascular Nursing (www.svnnet.org)
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses (www.aacn.org)