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What do the surgical nursing assistants do in the cath lab?

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by NTechTruth NTechTruth (Member)

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I was just hired to work as a surgical nursing assistant in the cath lab at my hospital and I'm very excited to start. Thing is I have never worked in the cath lab before, but I have worked as a nursing assistant on other floors. 

What are the job duties for a surgical nursing assistant there? What are their tasks? What's a typical day like? Any answers will help. Thank you.

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Did you ask these questions during the interview?

 

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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Well, the assistants we have in the OR are responsible for helping clean the rooms between cases, stocking rooms, assisting with positioning and patient transfers. As a nursing assistant in the cath lab, you'll probably be doing something similar and not having much patient contact.

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thatswhatshesaid has 1 years experience.

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I used to work as a CCL tech and worked in both the prep/recovery area as well as in the labs. I was able to do a lot in that position. I started IV’s, pulled femoral sheeths, and helped with ADL related aspects of care in the prep/recovery area. In the CCL’s I mostly helped with cleaning rooms between cases, finding equipment, and getting patients in/out of the labs. I also would make the sterile procedure tables. There was also a lot of time I got to spend watching cases. It was a great job! I hope the lab your working in is similar to my old lab then you will learn a ton. It was a great place to work before I went to nursing school. Good luck! 

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