Quote from jd74_RN
Just want to get feedback on the pros and cons working in the Cath Lab. This AM after shift endorsement my DON just asked me if I want to transfer from CVICU to Cath Lab since there is an immediate opening but I told her I want to think about it but told her I really want to get in CVOR. But I am curious the pros and cons working at the CL from hours, adjustment from CVICU to risk of radiation, work load, etc.. . Appreciate all feedback.. Thanks
I worked in the cath lab for approx 13 years. I enjoyed the teamwork and the ability to care for one patient at a time. The emergency patients are stressful and exciting at the same time. You see a different side of MDs in the lab. You gain an incredible amount of knowledge regarding CV anatomy and physiology. There is a great deal of knowledge about the role of cath lab RN that you acquire, so you don't get stagnant in your job. Your knowledge of pressors and ACLS is very helpful. The nurse spends alot of time explaining the procedures to pts, reason for medications. Many labs require you to adminster conscious sedation to your pts. The cons are: wearing lead protection/standing for 6-8 hrs of 10-12 hr shift. Some procedures can be drawn out, so the schedule gets backed up. If you are on call, then you will get to stay for the late and emergency cases. Your primary shift is days, but you will work all shifts when on call. Another side of CL is Electrophysiology lab: you either love it or tolerate it. EP studies, tilt studies, Pacemakers, ICD insertions and Ablations. Some of the latter are done under general anesthesia. Depending on the skills of the Electrophysilogist, these procedures can take many hrs.
In the CVOR, the circulator nurse provides supplies, surgical counts , and helps coordinate things. The patient contact is minimal: meet and greet in preop and again in OR just before going to sleep. Sorry if I minimize a role I have only outside awareness of.
I hope this helps,