Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery NP Career Guide

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Are you interested in becoming a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner (NP)? This specialty is a highly demanding and challenging role that requires extensive education, qualifications and experience. This comprehensive guide will outline how to become a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP.

As a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP, you will be responsible for providing patient care before, during and after


To become a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP, you need to have a minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN). The length of study varies depending on the program, but it usually takes two to three years to complete. You can obtain your degree from an accredited nursing program that offers a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP track.

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To qualify for this specialty, you must have a registered nurse (RN) license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master's degree in Nursing with a specialization in Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery. You must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certification exam.

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In addition to education and experience, you must have specific skills to succeed in this specialty. You must have extensive knowledge of cardiovascular diseases, surgical procedures and critical care management. You must also have excellent communication, leadership and organizational skills to manage patient care effectively.

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As a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP, your responsibilities will include diagnosing and managing patients with cardiovascular diseases, performing surgical procedures, providing preoperative and postoperative care and managing patients' cardiac and respiratory functions. You will also educate patients and their families on their condition, treatment options and postoperative care.

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Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery NP

The average salary for a Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery NP is $3,637.00 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Like any other healthcare specialty, being a Cardiovascular Cardiothoracic Surgery NP has its pros and cons. On the positive side, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of highly skilled professionals, provide life-saving care to patients and experience the satisfaction of seeing patients recover from their illness. On the downside, this specialty can be demanding and stressful,

Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery NP Jobs

View job details for Mary Washington HealthcareStaff PositionMary Washington HealthcareNurse Practitioner - Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic SurgeryFredericksburg, VA$52-65/hr
View job details for CT AssistStaff PositionCT AssistNurse Practitioner - Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic SurgeryOcala, FL$120K-180K/yrapproximately $57-87/hr
Posted 12 days ago
View job details for CT AssistStaff PositionCT AssistNurse Practitioner - Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic SurgeryNew York, NY$120K-180K/yrapproximately $57-87/hr
View job details for South San Francisco, CALocum TenensSouth San Francisco, CALocum Tenens Nurse Practitioner - Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic SurgeryTotalMed Staffing Locums$118-121/hr
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