Cardiac Care Nursing

How to Become a Cardiac Care Nurse

Cardiac care nurses work under the direction of a cardiologist in surgical or ambulatory (outpatient) settings. They treat patients of all ages suffering from heart diseases and conditions such as angina, cardiomyopathy, coronary disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and cardiac dysrhythmia. A cardiac care nurse also educates patients and their families on disease prevention and cardiac medications as needed.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AT LEAST 2 YEARS AND GET 2,000 HOURS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING
  • GET YOUR CARDIAC VASCULAR NURSING CERTIFICATION (RN-BC) AND LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATIONS

$57,000 - $82,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Assisting cardiologists during surgery
  • Performing post-op care (including medication administration via IV)
  • Giving stress test evaluations
  • Monitoring cardiac and vascular health
  • Administering health assessments
  • Conducting clinical research

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Cardiac clinics
  • Medical centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Nursing homes

Certification

RN, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification