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New to Cath Lab

by ndrn ndrn (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Medical-Surgical/ICU. Has 6 years experience.

Hello All,

I am a RN with 5 years of experience at a Critical Access Hospital. I still work on the Med/Surg floor and have 3 years of experience in our small ICU/Telemetry unit. I was offered a position in a larger Cath Lab and have accepted it, but am now starting to panic that I don’t have enough experience to make it in the Cath Lab.

I did tell them during my interview that this is a small ICU and that we only stabilized cardiac patients and sent them out should they be experiencing a cardiac event. This ICU sees a lot of everything from infants to geriatrics and we often do not keep intubated or very unstable patients. I have experience in reading telemetry and ekgs, but am no expert, nor do we monitor more than CVP and Arterial Line BPs (no cardiac output, IABP, etc).

Would it be completely crazy to contact my Cath Lab manager and just make sure that they are aware of my limitations/lack of knowledge? I do not want to give the impression that I have “big” ICU experience when I do not.

Thanks in advance.


Specializes in Medical-Surgical/ICU. Has 6 years experience.

Thank you!!

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Moved to the Cardiac Nursing forum


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

See Dianah,ADN post here


Specializes in CCL.

Hey there,  I'm a cath lab nurse with about a year of experience.  I went in as a new grad and did fine, literally had 3 months on cardiac PCU experience then jumped right in.   It's all about how much you really want it.  If you go in eager to learn everything it's a ton of fun! But if your not studying regularly in your off time it may be more difficult. I truly love the CCL, it doesn't even feel like work.  It's just fun. Best of luck!