Hello,I dont know if im at the right forum for this,bu I have a qustion about becoming a nurse profusionist. I know I have to have a BSN,and a program is 2 years.But what are the the prequs for going into this field? Like I know to be a CRNA,a bsn and a minimum of 1 year working in ICU/PACU/surgICU plus having ACLS,PALSect and how do IO find about the schools.Thank y'all.
Sep 28, '09
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
overview of cardiac perfusion careers:
cardiac perfusionists are not doctors, or nurses. cardiac perfusion is an allied health career. a cardiac perfusionist, also known as a certified clinical perfusionist (ccp), is a specialized medical professional who operates what you may know as the “heart-lung” machine. the heart lung machine keeps a patient’s blood pumping, and basically takes the place of the patient’s heart, while open-heart surgery is taking place. cardiac perfusion is needed for a variety of surgeries including organ transplant, heart bypass, and other cardiac surgeries. they also involved in ecmo (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation).
bachelors or masters degree awarded depending on program perfusion training programs
mayo clinic: cardiovascular perfusionist career overview
the american academy of cardiovascular perfusion
the perfusion home page
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 28, '09