Cardiac Care Nursing

Cardiac care nursing is a specialty job that allows the person to work with those who suffer from various health conditions dealing with the cardiovascular system. If this is an area that you would like to work in than you need to have skills in advanced cardiac life support, defibrillation, medical administration by continuous intravenous drip, and electrocardiogram telemetry monitoring.

Education Requirements

In order to become a cardiac care nurse you must complete your RN schooling. When that has been successfully completed you will than have to return to school for the necessary certifications through the Cardiac-Vascular Nurse Certification examination. This is given by the Society for Vascular Nursing and the American Association of Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

  • Before you qualify for this examination you must first meet the necessary requirements:
  • You must hold your RN license
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have practiced at least two years full time as an RN
  • Have, at the least, 2,000 hours of clinical practice in cardiac vascular nursing within a 3 year time period
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in cardiac vascular nursing within a 3 year time period

Cardiac Care Positions

When you have specialized in this field you will be able to work in various positions in the hospital and other health care facilities. These include;

  • Coronary Care Units
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Operating Theaters
  • Research
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Surgical Wards
  • Cardiac Medical Wards

Understand that this can sometimes be a stressful area to work. You will be participating in the treatment and postoperative care of patients that suffer from conditions such as:

  • Unstable Angina
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure

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