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When a dying patient gets a new lease on life through the efforts of a cardiovascular operating room (CVOR) team, it’s a celebration like no other. But losing a patient on the operating room table is one of the lowest lows a CVOR team can experience. The intense highs and lows of the CVOR are just one reason becoming a 


The initial steps to becoming a CVOR nurse are the same as all registered nurses. First, you must complete an accredited nursing program resulting in either an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). However, many employers prefer hiring BSN-trained RNs for the CVOR. An ASN program typically lasts two to three


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Related certifications

Upon graduation, apply to your state board of nursing (BON) to start the RN licensure process.

Each state’s licensing process can vary. However, most states require you to complete an application, submit your final transcript from your nursing degree program and submit to fingerprinting for a background check.

You must pay an application fee to the state BON or other licensure

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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While all nurses need similar skills to succeed in any specialized department, CVOR nurses need an extensive list of skills. One of the most essential skills is the ability to work well under pressure. CVOR nurses must be able to think quickly and make confident decisions while shifting priorities as situations change. They must understand cardiovascular OR equipment and have

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The specific responsibilities of CVOR nurses center around providing specialized care during cardiovascular surgical procedures. Your primary role is to assist the surgical team in the operating room, ensuring patient safety and optimizing surgical outcomes.

Your responsibilities include preparing the operating room and ensuring all necessary equipment and supplies are properly sterilized and available. You collaborate closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists and

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The average salary for a CVOR Nurse is $2,625.82 per week.

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Pros & Cons

RNs may be drawn to the cardiovascular operating room for various reasons. Some RNs naturally seek roles they feel give them more opportunities to make a significant difference in patients’ lives. Others may enjoy the fast-paced environment and/or the level of responsibility it brings. They may enjoy the challenge of obtaining specialized skills to provide their patients with the highest

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Travel Nurse RN - CVOR

  • Wilmington, DE
  • Core Medical Group
  • 5x8 hrs
  • Referral Bonus


Posted 12 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - CVOR

  • Canton, OH
  • GLC On-The-Go
  • 5x8 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus


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Travel Nurse RN - CVOR

  • Canton, OH
  • TotalMed Staffing
  • 5x8 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus


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Travel Nurse RN - CVOR

  • Boston, MA
  • PRIDE Health
  • 4x10 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus


Posted 1 day ago

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