Cath Lab Nurse Career Guide

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Overview

A Cardiac Catheterization Lab Registered Nurse (RN) is a specialized healthcare professional who plays a critical role in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions. Working in a cardiac catheterization lab, these nurses assist in performing cardiac catheterization procedures, which involve threading a catheter through blood vessels to the heart to diagnose and treat various heart conditions. Cardiac Cath Lab

Education

Becoming a Cardiac Catheterization Lab RN requires obtaining a nursing degree and obtaining licensure. The first step is completing a nursing program, which can be an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. ADN programs typically take two to three years, while BSN programs typically take four years to

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Related certifications

To excel as a Cardiac Catheterization Lab RN, certain qualifications and experiences must be met. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities require Cardiac Cath Lab RNs to have additional certifications, such as the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC) or the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. These certifications demonstrate a nurse's specialized knowledge and competency in cardiac care.

Experience

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Skills

To succeed as a Staff or Travel Cardiac Catheterization Lab RN, a combination of knowledge, hard skills, and soft skills is necessary. In terms of knowledge, a thorough understanding of cardiovascular anatomy, cardiac procedures, and the principles of hemodynamics is crucial. Proficiency in interpreting cardiac rhythms, understanding laboratory values, and operating specialized equipment is also essential.

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Responsibilities

Cardiac Catheterization Lab RNs have various responsibilities associated with their role. These include preparing patients for procedures, administering medications, monitoring patients' vital signs and cardiac rhythm, assisting during procedures, operating specialized equipment, and providing post-procedure care. Additionally, Cardiac Cath Lab RNs are responsible for documenting patient data, ensuring a sterile environment, and providing education and emotional support to patients and

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Cath Lab Nurse
$2,045-3,048/week

The average salary for a Cath Lab Nurse is $2,518.73 per week.

Last updated on July 12, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Like any specialty, there are benefits and drawbacks to becoming a Cardiac Catheterization Lab RN.

Pros:

  1. Specialized Knowledge: Cardiac Cath Lab RNs gain extensive knowledge and skills in cardiovascular care and interventional procedures.

  2. Advanced Technology: Working in the cardiac catheterization lab exposes nurses to cutting-edge medical equipment and technology.

  3. Team Collaboration: Cardiac Cath Lab RNs work closely with a multidisciplinary team, fostering professional collaboration

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Cath Lab Nurse Jobs


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Travel Nurse RN - Cardiac Cath Lab

  • Stockton, CA
  • Jackson Nurse Professionals
  • 3x12 hrs, Days

$4,018/week

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Posted 2 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - Cardiac Cath Lab

  • Cambridge, MA
  • PHP
  • 5x8 hrs, Nights

$4,081/week

Posted 9 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - Cardiac Cath Lab

  • Cambridge, MA
  • PHP
  • 5x8 hrs

$4,081/week

Posted 13 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Cardiac Cath Lab

  • Stockton, CA
  • PHP
  • 4x10 hrs, Days

$3,912/week

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Posted 9 days ago

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