A Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse works in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (or Cardiac Cath Lab). They assist cardiologists during the catheterization process. Besides administering the catheter, they work closely with the patient to make sure they have adequate treatment before and after treatment.
It is one of the fastest growing nursing specialities.
What Type of Patients do Cardiac Cath Lab Nurses Usually See?
Most often the lab nurses treat patients with heart diseases. The patient may have artery disease, heart failure, vascular disease, or a multitude of other heart conditions.
Patients usually require constant monitoring administered by the nurse.
What are Some Specific Duties of a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse?
Besides issuing catheters, these nurses also may help doctors implement pacemakers, stent implants, and defibrillators for more elaborate procedures.
On a daily basis, the nurses have duties similar to other RNs such as monitoring general health, giving medications, and communicating with healthcare providers. Their duties require overseeing equipment that manages the patient’s arteries and monitors blood flow.
This type of imagery equipment can lead to diagnosis of conditions such as blockage and damage that may require surgery.
What Education is Needed to Become a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse?
To become one of these nurses, usually an ADN or BSN is necessary.
If you are planning on becoming one, it is recommended that you obtain one of these degrees from an accredited college. Furthermore, most nurses obtain an internship or clinical work in a lab or with a cardiologist prior to their employment.
Also, like other registered nursing careers, they must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and be registered in the state they are practicing. Keep in mind that specific requirements may vary based on employer.