Cardiac Catheter Lab Nursing

Learn More about Cardiac Catheter Lab Nursing

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.

Preparation Path

Get your BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Get your cardiac vascular nursing certification (RN-BC)

Participate in a cardiac cath lab training program through your hospital

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

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Private or government clinics

Annual Salary Range

$73,502 – $90,002


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

Education Requirements


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Ready to begin your journey to becoming a cardiac catheter lab nurse?