Cardiac cath nurse being put in procedures with no training - page 2

I have been working in a cath unit for 8 months now. I received little to no training before i was put in procedures alone. Now doctors are expecting me to preform like a seasoned veteran. Furthermore the cath lab i work in... Read More

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    Quote from Runman1914
    Thats good to hear. I didnt think all cath labs were as crazy and disorganized as the one i was at. I work at a teaching hospital. We do alot of high risk procedures(percutaneous valvuloplasties) on alot of patients near a 100. We receive transfers from other cath labs. When we get a stemi we have to pull a patient off the table in a middle of a cath to do the stemi. Its total maddness there. We almost never leave before MN.
    Ours is a teaching hospital also and all cath labs do have moments of maddness but nothing like you described. When a STEMI comes in there is no choice but to take a patient off the table if you don't have a room free. No one wants to do that but it is essential. Our lab only does a handful of valvuloplasties and although there are transfers from other hospitals, ERs, and occasional unusual places but it doesn't happen every day and it is usually quite orderly. The staff sometimes stays late to finish up the days work but not very often.

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    I wish it was different but a lot places were there are no experience people. This is what happens. After 22 years in the cath lab smaller hospitals will do this. If your hospital is behind and will give you the time to learn?? But if they are on the doctors side helping make a bad situation worse. Then get out!!!!!!!!
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    Quote from ggoldtsein
    I wish it was different but a lot places were there are no experience people. This is what happens. After 22 years in the cath lab smaller hospitals will do this. If your hospital is behind and will give you the time to learn?? But if they are on the doctors side helping make a bad situation worse. Then get out!!!!!!!!

    Thanks thats exactly what i did. I got out of that mad house. I returned to my floor back on Jan 3rd. I have friends still there telling me they are leaving soon. In my 18 years of nursing i have never work in a crazy, disorganized place like UM cath lab.


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