New grad in Cardiac Cath Lab Recovery??? - page 3

by MissBrittanyRN 12,006 Views | 21 Comments

Well, I think I already know the answer to this, but I will ask anyway :-) What do you nurses think about a brand new nurse starting out in the cardiac cath lab recovery area??? I have a strong interest in cardiac nursing, and I... Read More


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    Quote from CCL RN
    That's not true at all, FYI. We have several hospitals in my town that do interventional caths with no CT surg back up.
    Thanks for the clarification. Just like many things in nursing, it must vary by area. I have recently learned that one hospital's policy depends on the specific vessel involved....go figure :-)
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    I have a phone interview for the cath lab today. I have a unique blend of experience and skill set. I am a Paramedic and an RN. I have been an RN since January of 12, and have been a Paramedic for 5 years. I have CPR, ACLS, PALS, and various other Instructor certifications, and I help teach at a community college where we teach ACLS 3-4 times a year, and also am in charge of continuing education at the EMS department where I work part time. I work in the ER part time, and I currently work as an RN in the Remote Medical Setting. I understand sterile technique ( at my present job as a Remote Medical Specialist I do sutures fairly often), and have a very good grasp of cardiology and cardiac anatomy.

    I know I will be walking in with a lot to learn, and I understand it is going to be a steep learning curve for me. I just want to know exactly what to expect. Am I going to be resented for having my ACLS Instructor under my belt? Codes are nothing new to me, and although no code is the same, I am very confident in my abilities to handle a code whenever one will happen. I just would like some guidance and input on what to expect.

    Matt


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