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Pediatric Cardiovascular acute unit

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I have an interview with a Pediatric cardiovascular acute unit. I was looking for some perspective from RNs who work in this specialty, what do your day to day roles and responsibilities look like? 

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LovingPeds has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics; Maternal-Child Nursing Education.

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I didn't directly work acute CV as an RN, but I did some work in the CVICU as a NP student. I did my final residency there. It's a very specialized area, but the role of the pediatric CV RN is the same as in any other acute care unit. Close monitoring of vital signs, assessment of lines, medication administration, patient assessment, notifying the NP/MD with condition changes, etc. If you're referring to a CVICU then you'll see all of the above along with invasive forms of hemodynamic monitoring that you will not see on a routine floor. The only difference is that these nurses must have a better than average understanding of cardiopulmonary disease process and functioning in order to recognize early patient changes and to understand the mechanism of action behind interventions given. The most important thing is to have a willingness to learn because CV can be a complicated area.

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