Thinkin of working in the cath lab

  1. I will be interviewing for a cath lab position soon. My background is 16yrs. ICU and 5yrs. general OR.Have been retired for 1 yr.Would appreciate any advice or tips.More worried about actually getting the job.Have never worked in a cath lab before.Would appreciate any advice/tips,websites,books lab values, etc. Looking for something challenging and this may be it. thanks,.
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    About travel nurse2009

    Joined: Feb '10; Posts: 40; Likes: 13
    travel nurse; from US
    Specialty: OR,ICU


  3. by   beckyu04
    I love working in the cath lab. Just be ready for lots of call time and strange hours. The labs I mostly worry about ar PT,INR, BUN and Creat. With all your ICU experience I'm sure you would be a great addition to the lab you are applying too! My mentor was an ICU nurse for 30 years and she is just the best! You should have a general knowledge of most cardiac drugs and your ACLS skills. It is such a rewarding job, good luck to you!

    P.S. The lead you wear will get heavy so have some good shoes and support hose!
  4. by   lkwashington
    You have plenty of experience. You will be okay. Sometimes it is a good idea to try a different specialty. How did you feel when you switched from ICU to OR or vice versa? Go for it!!!!Good luck!!!