Education Career Articles

Connect Facebook Connect Twitter Connect Google+ Connect Pinterest Connect Stumbleupon

How to Know if Catheter Lab Nursing is Right for You

Higher Education Articles October 19, 2013

Nursing in general is an admirable profession that can be very rewarding both spiritually and financially. The nursing occupation consists of many specialties and niches. Once a nurse discovers an area of nursing that he has a particular interest in, he can choose to focus on that area specifically. One area of specialty that nurses might consider is catheter lab nursing.

A catheter lab nurse is a highly trained and skilled nurse who helps doctors and technicians to perform angioplasties, cardiac catheterizations and valvuloplasties. These nurses also help doctors with the implanting of pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators. Catheter lab nursing is a highly demand career, and there are a number of characteristics that might make a nurse well suited to this specialty.

Training and Education

In addition to an associates degree in nursing and the required state nursing credentials, a catheter lab nurse needs a good deal of hands-on experience, usually at least a year of experience in cardiac intervention, intensive care, critical care or a catheter lab. They also need to take a certification exam in cardiac catheter nursing, which they would need to prepare for with specialized courses in a catheter lab nursing training program. Although these are the minimum requirements, there can be some variation by state or medical institution. Although an associate’s degree is sufficient, many catheter lab nurses have bachelor’s degrees.

Special Skills and Traits

Not every nurse has the skills and traits necessary to become a good catheter lab nurse. First off, this type of nurse works as part of a team, so they must have excellent teamwork and communication skills. A catheter lab nurse will also need to be able to counsel patients, and in some cases, help with research or teaching. Other standard nursing skills that are required for this position include meticulous record keeping skills, strong assessment skills, and the ability to work on-call. In addition, cardiac catheter nurses need to be ready to perform CPR or defibrillation at any moment, so being up to date and comfortable with those skills is a must.

Benefits

So why would anyone want to take a step beyond general nursing and become a catheter lab nurse? For starters, theirs is a monetary incentive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for registered nurses in 2011 was $65,950. By contrast, one staffing firm (Springboard Healthcare Staffing) reported that the average salary for a catheter lab nurse was $76,793 per year. Because of the specialization, it is an occupation that is always in high demand. Beyond that, there is the satisfaction of being part of a team that saves and prolongs lives. People who need cardiac catheter care are often in need of extensive care and support and helping people in that condition is very rewarding.

Catheter lab nursing is a great option for many nurses who find themselves wanting to make a direct impact on people’s lives and work with a team of other dedicated health care professionals. While it is not for everybody, the monetary and non-monetary benefits are high, so nurses and nursing students who have the necessary skills, traits and dedication might want to consider it as a career path.

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
Fortis Institute , Grand Prairie
  • Gain Knowledge and Skills While You Earn Your Nursing Degree at Fortis!
  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
5 Program(s) Found
  • There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
  • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
  • GCU offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in limited special offers.
  • A regionally accredited university, GCU also holds specialized accreditations and approvals for some of our core program offerings.
  • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
  • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your Master of Public Health Online from GW in 12 months.
  • GRE waivers available for qualified applicants.
  • Advance your career in a range of industries, including epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your degree online from Ashford University!
  • Choose from Undergraduate and Graduate classes
  • Business, Health Care, Psychology and Liberal Arts programs to choose from
  • Apply Now! Classes begin every Tuesday!
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities (beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
1 Program(s) Found
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
  • Programmatic accreditation for psychology programs is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online Courses
  • Education Connection is a 100% Free College Matching Service used by 50,000 People Daily.
  • Get Matched to Psychology, Counseling, Human Services, Organizational, and Clinical Psychology Degree Programs and MORE.
  • View Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate and Graduate Certificate Degree Programs in Psychology and Human Services Near YOU!
  • Accredited and Flexible Psychology Degree Programs to Fit Your Time and Budget. Use Our Matching Service - It's Easy and FREE!
  • Online Courses

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
  • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your Master of Public Health Online from GW in 12 months.
  • GRE waivers available for qualified applicants.
  • Advance your career in a range of industries, including epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your degree online from Ashford University!
  • Choose from Undergraduate and Graduate classes
  • Business, Health Care, Psychology and Liberal Arts programs to choose from
  • Apply Now! Classes begin every Tuesday!
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
  • Programmatic accreditation for psychology programs is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online Courses

Login to your account

Can't remember your Password ?

Register for this site!