The Cardiac Cath Lab & Electrophysiology Lab Nurse is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific and military population specific components.Learn more about this agency
- Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care for the patient in the Cardiology Department - Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, Pre/Post Procedure Unit and Echocardiography areas.
- Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stage, state of health, race and culture, values and previous experiences.
- Performs patient assessments and monitoring peri-procedurally, administers medications, moderate sedation and IV contrast and procedures per established policies, protocols and guidelines.
- The nursing roles within the Cardiac Cath Lab and EP Lab may include Circulator, Moderate Sedation Nurse, Recorder, EP Pacing Pilot, and/or Scrub Assist.
- Supports physicians and other professionals in using diagnostic and interventional instruments, equipment, and accessories for cardiac and interventional imaging.
- The Cardiac Cath Lab & EP Lab Nurse functions in a highly technical work area and is expected to operate complex equipment used during procedures such as Intravascular Ultrasound equipment, Atherectomy & Thrombectomy equipment, intra-aortic balloon pump, temporary transvenous &/or external pacemaker, defibrillator, intracardiac echo imaging, contrast power injector, cautery, archival system equipment and other complex modalities specific to the procedures performed in the Cardiac Cath Lab and Electrophysiology Lab.
- Performs complex hemodynamic monitoring during invasive procedures utilizing a specialized recording system and is able to efficiently & accurately modify hemodynamic pressure recordings, scales and speeds in obtaining the data needed during complex cardiac procedures.
- Performs venous and arterial sheath removal independently utilizing mechanical and manual hemostasis maneuvers/skills.
- Performs a continual nursing assessment during this process and utilizes advanced critical thinking skills and advanced cardiac life support skills in managing complex situations as needed.
- The Cardiac Cath Lab and Electrophysiology Lab provide care for patients undergoing invasive procedures where surgical precautions and techniques are enforced.
- Maintains the sterile field in the performance of nursing functions.
- Performs a post procedure call following discharge to ensure patient has education on post procedure care as well as identify any symptoms that may need to be addressed.
- Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Assists with patient care needs throughout the Cardiology department including pre-procedure patient preparation and post procedure care as well as with the application of cardiac monitors used intra-procedurally or for home monitoring needs.
- Provides nursing care and support for patients undergoing echocardiographic procedures such as transthoracic echo, dobutamine or chemically induced stress echo, exercise stress echo & exercise treadmill testing, and transesophageal echo procedures.
- The RN administers Definity Contrast and Agitated Saline per standard operating procedure as ordered by the Cardiologist.
- In the Echocardiography department, the RN performs an initial triage of procedure type and provides education and procedure specific instructions to patient for special echo procedures.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 0700-1530 (No weekends; No on-call)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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