Cardiac Care Nursing

Learn How to Become a Cardiac Care Nurse

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

Preparation Path

  • Get your BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Work at least 2 years and acquire 2,000 hours of clinical experience in cardiovascular nursing
  • Get your cardiac vascular nursing certification (RN-BC) and life support certifications

Annual Salary Range
$65,744 – 74,559

Typical Tasks

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

Employment Settings

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


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

Education Requirements


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