Cardiac Cath Lab Nursing


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A registered nurse working in the cardiac catheterization lab specializes in assisting cardiologists in the diagnosis of heart disease in patients. Qualifications include being a registered nurse with special knowledge in cardiac care. Certification courses are available but not required in most states. They are involved with procedures like the implantation of pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators and also in assisting in interventional procedures like angioplasties and valvuloplasties. Some of their duties include keeping up with cardiovascular technologies, special research projects, completing a thorough patient needs assesment, properly operating treatment equipment and medicating via IV treatments. Cardiac cath lab nursing not only places a nurse in the cath lab but could also place a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit or the Cardiac Care Unit, depending on the hospital.