I am a fairly new Grad and looking at my options of where I would like to work. Ive thought about the ED, ICU's or even L&D. However there is just something about the Cath Lab that catches my eye. Any insight on what its like? What exactly is your role as an RN? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You don't do "caths by yourself" and you don't "stand in one place for hours"
I actually work in the lab, do you?
I don't stand-at all. I work. Nonstop. Sometimes through the night. 12 hours would be a dream but its more like 14-16hr shifts...if I'm lucky!
I'm constantly moving. Fast. And wearing a ton of lead.
Most LHCs take an hour or so. I think you're mistaken on your time estimates...
Many labs differ ...but a true lab is NO place for a new grad, let alone a nurse without several years of critical care exp. if this is the case, then the are endangering pts lives.
Sounds like your lab is substandard.
I'm sorry, but it's true.
A new grad wouldn't last one minute in my lab. Not.one.single.minute.
We just turned down a nurse with 11yrs CVICU exp, 20 yrs total exp.
Please tell me how you will know how to run the pacer in a TAVR case, or run the IABP/Impella case.?How will a new nurse handle a crashing STEMI at 2am, IABP, anticoagulation, circulating the case, running the vent, anticipating te supplies, which pressors to mix and hang...all alone at 2am?
Tell me, queenjulie, what your cath lab experiences have been? Because I've been there. And it's NO place for the new or weak nurse...
oh, and I'm sure as heck not 'standing around for hours!'
Last edit by CCL RN on Sep 25, '12