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tutored specializes in MICU/SICU.

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Hi everyone, I am a nursing student finishing at the end of this year, and I thought I'd quietly tip-toe into your forum to ask a question to anyone out there who's doing this specialty. There is a NP in Cardiology doing rounds at two hospitals that I have done rotations in as a student. She is very busy, and no-one close to me knows her that I can contact her for questions...I very much want to go into this specialty, whatever it takes (and I imagine it takes alot)...what education and preceptoring did you have to go through to reach this prestigious position? Did the specialty work happen after the Master's level education? Or was this a choice in the Master's degree? Was there preceptoring with an MD cardiologist? I feel like a rock star groupie that would follow this woman around like a puppy if I could, but she's unreachable, and every single one of my nursing instructors (and most of them are NPs) has no idea how to pursue such a specialty. Any tips out there would be terriffic!!!:idea:

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Hi everyone, I am a nursing student finishing at the end of this year, and I thought I'd quietly tip-toe into your forum to ask a question to anyone out there who's doing this specialty. There is a NP in Cardiology doing rounds at two hospitals that I have done rotations in as a student. She is very busy, and no-one close to me knows her that I can contact her for questions...I very much want to go into this specialty, whatever it takes (and I imagine it takes alot)...what education and preceptoring did you have to go through to reach this prestigious position? Did the specialty work happen after the Master's level education? Or was this a choice in the Master's degree? Was there preceptoring with an MD cardiologist? I feel like a rock star groupie that would follow this woman around like a puppy if I could, but she's unreachable, and every single one of my nursing instructors (and most of them are NPs) has no idea how to pursue such a specialty. Any tips out there would be terriffic!!!:idea:

I am not an NP, but the school I graduated from does offer a specialty in cardiovascular nursing as part of their NP program. Check it out.

http://fpb.cwru.edu/MSN/Cardio.shtm

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tutored specializes in MICU/SICU.

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Thanks SO MUCH heart ICU!!!:typing will do that now.

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labcat01 is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, CVICU.

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OMG, I had to laugh at your post because I am also a nursing student that is in complete AWE of one of the local NPs in cardiology. I hope you will get some good advice here so I can learn too!

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I am an FNP in a large cardiology group. I choose not to do hopsital rounds but I am in the office 5 days a week. I see patients, administer Nuclear Stress tests, interrogate pace makers as well as a whole host of other things. It is neither boring or slow paced....i love it.

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I am an FNP in a large cardiology group. I choose not to do hopsital rounds but I am in the office 5 days a week. I see patients, administer Nuclear Stress tests, interrogate pace makers as well as a whole host of other things. It is neither boring or slow paced....i love it.

Did you do this via an FNP program or was it specifically a cardio NP program?

THX

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tutored specializes in MICU/SICU.

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I am an FNP in a large cardiology group. I choose not to do hopsital rounds but I am in the office 5 days a week. I see patients, administer Nuclear Stress tests, interrogate pace makers as well as a whole host of other things. It is neither boring or slow paced....i love it.

Thanks for the encouraging future picture!!! All you NPs look so happy and confident. It will help keep me focuses on the far-away bigger picture in the long haul. Although, at 40, I getter get my butt moving! :lol2: Thanks for responding.

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tutored specializes in MICU/SICU.

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OMG, I had to laugh at your post because I am also a nursing student that is in complete AWE of one of the local NPs in cardiology. I hope you will get some good advice here so I can learn too!

Hey, labcat, I'm graduating in December '07 too!! congratulations in advance!

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tutored specializes in MICU/SICU.

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I am an FNP in a large cardiology group. I choose not to do hopsital rounds but I am in the office 5 days a week. I see patients, administer Nuclear Stress tests, interrogate pace makers as well as a whole host of other things. It is neither boring or slow paced....i love it.

Rhfish, are the doctors, in general, supportive and not threatened by you? (if you don't mind my asking)

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HeartICU, I did investigate your school. It sounds truly amazing. I'd love to go there. But,.....$1,200 a credit hour? (gulp!) But the programs look awesome. Still, I kept it in my favorites list! Must have been wonderful to go to such an institution.

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Rhfish, are the doctors, in general, supportive and not threatened by you? (if you don't mind my asking)

The doctors are extremely supportive, they teach me something new almost daily. None of them get upset of I ask questions. They often send me their patients to see and evaluate. The senior MD of the practice is on vacation for 1 week over memorial day oliday and she has any of her patients seeing me.

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DaisyRN, ACNP has 5 years experience and specializes in Acute Care - Cardiology.

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i have just been approached about a cardiology position when i graduate (which is december '07, too!!!!) and i am extremely excited about its possibility. i am doing an acnp program, so want to do hospital rounds, but they want someone that can not only round in the hospital, but also do the stress testing, echos, run a device clinic (for resetting defibs/pacers - which i would love to learn more about), and see clinic patients. it would be so busy and i would love every minute of it. the most appealing aspect is that i would be doing so many different things! i would be pretty much running the show because the hospital i'll primarily be working at (which is of a group of 3, its #3), has only one cardiologist from their group and she is crazy busy at all three hospitals. i'd be her right hand man, he said. i think for my next rotation, i am going to plan to be with their group... so i can see if i like it, get some good cardio training, and then allow them to see if i'd be a good fit! and if so, they can go ahead and start teaching me echos/stress testing, etc. the cardiologist that i was talking to about this was very excited to talk to me and even though i told him i don't finish until december, he still said, "well, we'd be very interested in talking with you further." yea! :)

 

however - i've been worried about specializing in an area such as cardio, simply because if i get into it for a few years and decide i want to go back to say, hospital medicine (which was my initial aspiration)... i will have forgotten stuff about gibs or copd, etc. and have to relearn it. i guess the one thing about cardio, though, is that it crosses nearly all other major disease processes... so it'd never hurt to be "expert" in that area. what are your thoughts on this? do you get tired of the same ole same ole heart stuff? i'm thinking that cardio is diverse enough that you wouldnt get in a monotony rut, but how do you feel about that now? and i'm betting they compensate you well for being able to do such a variety of tasks.

 

and i'm probably going to embarrass myself here, but i have a super hard time identifying/hearing murmurs and other abn heart sounds, i.e. ejection clicks, mvp. any pointers? did you buy those training cds to learn how to hear heart sounds? use a better stethoscope? i have a littmann card ii now. i can tell when a heart doesn't sound normal, but to determine if its a systolic, holosystolic, diastolic, stage ii or iv, im clueless. also... in terms of the devices you're responsible for... how'd you learn that? some mds i have known in the past simply call medtronics reps or whoever instead of dealing with it themselves... just curious as to how you go about training for that. esp since the hiring group is wanting someone to do these things.

 

what things do you wish you had learned or focused on more while you were in school, before stepping into the cardiology role? tips? advice?

 

 

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