I posted this question in the Cardiac Nursing forum but no one answered it so I'm posting it again here.
I work in a Surgical/CV ICU and have been offered a position in our hospital's Cath Lab. The hours and call schedule are fine, and I like most of the docs I'll be working with.
Can anyone give me any insight as to the working conditions? I know there's a big difference between the two areas, and I've never done Cath Lab before, although I've taken care of plenty of their patients!
I appreciate anything you guys and gals can throw my way. I've talked them into letting me do a shift in there before I decide, so that'll be helpful too...
Apr 13, '02
A lot of nurses go to the cath lab from SICUs and CV-ICUs. I haven't done it and don't know what it is like; but if it is a good cath lab with good people, the nurses who go there don't return to the ICUs, so that must say something about it.
From what I do understand; the hours are better (most of the time) but the weekend call can be challenging; and cath lab can be very intense when things go bad. And the lead aprons can get to be heavy after a long shift.
Sorry I can't help you more than that, but at least you have an answer of some sort.
Good luck in whatever you choose.
Last edit by Jenny P on Apr 13, '02