Need advice, want to work in a cath lab!

  1. 0 Greetings!

    I am a new grad RN who's worked as a Paramedic for the last 4 years in the Emergency Department. How would I go about getting into the cardiac cath lab? I just signed a position in an Emergency Department as an RN to get some experience, but would like some guidance from you folks!

    Thanks,
    Garrett
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  3. Visit  Amnesiac70} profile page

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    Joined May '10; Posts: 29; Likes: 18.

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  4. Visit  dianah} profile page
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    Moved to own thread for visibility.
  5. Visit  chebre62} profile page
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    Your off to a good start, as many labs require ED or ICU experience. Start reading http://www.cathlabdigest.com
    and http://www.sicp.com
    Both are great reading for cath lab staff.
  6. Visit  LoveANurse09} profile page
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    My hospital requires ICU experience, but that can sometimes be interchangable with ER. Get ACLS certified and read,read,READ about cardiac.
  7. Visit  Amnesiac70} profile page
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    Now I'm 6 months into my ER RN job and I still really want to get into a cath lab. I plan on staying here for atleast a year. What should I do next?

    Do I need to work in an ICU before transitioning to the Cath lab?
  8. Visit  Skip219} profile page
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    Likewise, I recommend 1-2 yrs in ED and transfer to ICU. You need the experience of working with critically ill adults. Things can be boring in the cath lab doing scheduled cases. Also, your emergency patients can come in with cardiogenic shock..need a intraaortic balloon pump placed, Its important to be able to mix drips while gathering equipment if necessary. Its a great place to work, but my ER junkies get bored and ICU nurses don't like the call requirement.
    Best wishes for your success,
    Skip


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