First and foremost, I'd just like to introduce myself to the allnurse community. I am a new grad FNP, and currently work with an interventional cardiologist in both outpatient and inpatient setting. However, I do not have much cardiology experience. I have worked as a pediatric rn in med surg, and PACU rn for both adults and pediatrics. I would like to gain as much information and knowledge as possible! The dr I work with is very smart and great at what he does. However, I am his first NP and he doesn't have much time to teach and train me. He trusts me and says that with time and experience I will learn better that way. I am searching for learning opportunities, and would love your feedback on this issue. He also does not have standards or protocols for NP in the office. How would I go about obtaining these?
I have considered taking a post masters ACNP program, or NP fellowship in Cardiology (which is offered in Phoenix, AZ). I also have an interest in Alternative Medicine, and have contemplated the NP fellowship at University of Arizona. I am also interested in possibly pursuing a RNFA at UCLA, but would need a surgeon for my clinical hours. Cardiothoracic Surgery is interesting, but I know the job market is pretty slim right now!
Please let me know your suggestions! Thank you!!
Oct 15, '11
My program had zero in patient training and we were very heavily cautioned from taking an inpatient job. I worked interventions cardiology as a RN many years ago and I really thought that was a job much more suited for ACNP. So, I think the post grad cert in ACNP would be the best. The place I worked had NPs rounding on everything you can imagine. I recall having a new PA round on my PT who had the "brand new" bi-ventricular pacer and had no clue how we'd shut off one side or the other to get EKGs.
Luckily, all interventional stuff is pretty standard aftercare; ACTs, BPs, and stasis modality-dejure (proceed with great caution is you let RNs use the Femostop). Integrillin, NTG gtt, etc. for drugs. I loved the setting as a RN - I don't now how comfortable I'd be these days as a FNP back in the post-interventional unit with my PT having chest pain and EKG changes . It sounds like an awesome learning opportunity for you. Good luck and stay within the lines for a while