Cardiac Catheter Lab Nursing

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Cardiac catheterization (cath) lab nurses care for heart disease and heart attack patients. Cardiac catheterization itself refers to the insertion of a catheter into a heart chamber or vessel for either diagnostic or intervention purposes. Nurses in the cardiac catheter lab assist doctors in performing such procedures, and some cardiac cath lab nurses may assist with coronary catheterization as well. These nurses are trained in examining patients’ arteries for blockage and can diagnose heart-related diseases.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GET YOUR CARDIAC VASCULAR NURSING CERTIFICATION (RN-BC)
  • PARTICIPATE IN A CARDIAC CATH LAB TRAINING PROGRAM THROUGH YOUR HOSPITAL

$38,000 - $45,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Helping to execute interventional procedures such as pacemakers, catheters or stents
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Managing patient status changes
  • Responding to emergency situations
  • Assisting in preparing the patient diagnosis report

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Private or government clinics

Certification

RN, plus Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification (RN-BC)-- must be renewed every 5 years