Cath Lab Nurse Jobs

Cardiac catheterization laboratory nurses, more commonly referred to as cath lab nurses, play an important role in caring for patients who are undergoing cardiac catheterization. Cath lab travel nurse jobs involve providing nursing care before, during, and after each procedure. Cath lab RN jobs are different from cath lab tech jobs, as cath lab techs are trained in the imaging aspect of cath lab care while RN jobs focus on the care of the patient.

Cath Lab Nurse Duties

Cath lab nurse responsibilities include assessing the patient before the start of each procedure and ensuring they are ready to undergo cardiac catheterization. The cath lab nurse may also be responsible for ensuring the correct paperwork is in place and may provide pre-procedure teaching to the patient.

During the procedure, cath lab nurse duties and responsibilities include monitoring the patient, helping with aspects of the procedure, and giving medications. Following the procedure, the nurse monitors for complications and provides post-procedure teaching. The nurse also provides a handoff report if the patient will be staying in the hospital for further monitoring or treatment.

Cath Lab Nurse Requirements

Cardiac cath lab nurses are required to be licensed as RNs in the state where they are practicing or with a multi-state compact license recognized in the state they will be practicing in. Traveling cath lab nurses are often expected to have previous experience as a cath lab nurse as there is little training provided during travel assignments.

Certification for cath lab nurses is highly desirable for these positions but is not always required. Nurses with certification are generally given a higher priority for positions over nurses with similar experience but no certification.

Cath Lab Nurse Job Outlook & Salary

The average cath lab nurse salary is $34.81 per hour or just over $78,000 per year. The pay for travel nurses in any position is often higher than the average wage for that field, and travel cath lab nurses are likely to have an above-average wage.

Over the past several years the number of nurses directly involved in clinical care has dropped, creating additional needs for nurses in every field, including cath lab nurses. Nursing has been considered one of the most rapidly growing fields in the US. The demand and outlook for cath lab nurses are even greater since the nursing shortage is becoming more severe.

Sunbelt is committed to your success as a nurse with a focus on supporting you in taking the next steps in your career as a cath lab nurse. Please apply to one of our current travel nurse jobs or call us to learn more about how we can help you advance your nursing career!

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