I've been exclusively Cath Lab for about 4 1/2 yr,
an RN for 32 years,
21 years of that was Radiology/Cath Lab
plus 2 yr in two diff't cath labs in the early 80's.
Current position is in a teaching facility, so we have a Fellow (or a Fellowette
) or two for each case, plus the Attending.
We screen the pts (our choice, as we sometimes catch red flags before the pt gets in the room), set up the room/table, sedate/monitor (according to JCAHO standards), circulate and then transport the pt after the case.
Sometimes we scrub in as second operator.
Other duties include
* rotation into the Stress Lab (interview pts, monitor the treadmills, draw up and administer Adenosine or Dobutamine for chemical Stress Tests)
* sedate/monitor for TEEs
* occ. start IVs/administer Definity or bubbles for contrast studies
* rotate as Case Manager, following pts referred elsewhere for CABG or PCIs (ordering preop testing, sending reports of preop testing, etc)
Vascular has started using our second room for peripheral angios and interventions and IVC filter plcmts.
We only have one team, so can only use one room at a time. We hope to hire more ppl in the future (one word: bureaucracy!!).
Work with some good ppl, both nurses and MDs.