new to cath lab/angio

  1. New to this area... While it seems to be very exciting, it is also a bit overwhelming. My most recent experience was in dialysis-- any pointers, tips, etc...???
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    Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 9


  3. by   dianah
    Watch, ask questions, read and study, ask questions of everyone (techs, nurses, Cardiologists), learn policies and procedures. Each day you'll learn more and more, and finally one day you'll realize

    "I still don't know it all!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" (but you'll be a lot more skilled and know a lot more than when you first started).

    Good luck!

    (your question is a little hard to answer without specifics: your background experience [any ICU/CCU experience?], size of lab, the scope of what you'll be required to do, who is training you, how long is orientation, what kind of a lab is it [diagnostic-only VS interventional, and will you be helping with ONLY coronary procedues or other vascular procedures as well, . . . etc)
    Last edit by dianah on Jan 29, '07
  4. by   NursewithHeart
    I'm new to the Cath Lab as well. I feel overwhelmed too. Lots to learn!!! I cam from a busy ED so I think I deal well with the fast pace, but I'm going to have to study, study, study to absorb everything about the procedures!