I am a long time reader but never poster on allnurses. I have been a RN for 3 and a half years now on a cardiac step-down unit. I have learned a lot, become a charge nurse and preceptor. However, I have never been satisfied with bedside nursing. I have been interested in cath lab since the day in nursing school
that I spent 8 hours there shadowing. It was fascinating. When I was a new grad I applied for a cath lab position and that obviously did not go anywhere.
Fast forward 3.5 years, and I have applied and interviewed for a cath lab position at my current hospital, and been offered a position. The catch is what you may expect: the on-call requirements. My facility requires 9 days of call a month (on top of your normal 40 hours M-F). I knew the job would require call but I really had no idea it was that much. To go from working three 12-hr shifts per week to go to working what seems like nearly every day of the month, I am having some second thoughts.
So my question is, even though this is my dream job, its the call worth it? What are some of your requirements at other facilities? Just wanted some insight before I made up my mind.