High-Paying Travel Nursing Jobs for Cath Lab RN specialists | 2021
Catheter Laboratory RN: Cardiac Cath Lab Travel Nursing Jobs
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In order to discuss what it means to be a cath lab registered nurse, first we need to review, “what is a cath lab?” Shortened for cardiac catheterization laboratory, the cardiac cath lab, or even more simply cath lab, is an area of a hospital where various procedures are performed that allow physicians to see the inner workings of the heart and coronary arteries.
Patients are sent to the cath lab for cardiac procedures; sometimes these procedures are planned in advance, sometimes they happen in cases of emergency. In the cath lab, blockages of arteries can be found, heart disease can be diagnosed, blood pressure and flow can be measured, coronary angiographies performed, oxygen levels measured in the four chambers of the heart, heart muscle biopsies taken, defects identified. A cath lab nurse is expected to assist the medical team by examining and monitoring patients before, during, and after any cath lab procedure, and administering medications. Sometimes, cath lab nurses will scrub in to assist with procedures.
An important skill for a cardiac cath lab travel nurse is their ability to communicate with patients, this skill is often referred to as “bedside manner”. Often patients coming into the cath lab can be nervous about the intended procedure. Being a calming presence by offering guidance and knowledge about the procedure, or simply chatting to ease the nerves of a patient is an important part of ensuring things run smoothly. Teamwork is another necessary skill for cath lab nurses. Cardiac cath labs are staffed with a lineup of professionals with various medical credentials. Being willing to learn and confer with a varying group of personalities and backgrounds is a trait necessary for cath lab nurses to succeed.
There is a high demand for cath lab travel nurses across the country. A rising number of hospitals are gaining trauma and vascular certifications which is resulting in an increasing number of cardiac cath labs. Cath lab nurses are an integral part of a functioning cardiac cath lab. Travel nurses who have an interest in becoming a cath lab nurse should look to gaining experience in a cardiac unit. Experience in a cardiac unit is not the same as having experience in a cath lab, but as a starting point, it is a good foundation to build upon. Some hospitals may have requirements for various certifications in order to work in a cath lab.
Job Skills / Requirements for Cath Lab Nursing Jobs:
- Valid BLS and ACLS through the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific travel nurse positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Cath lab experience in a hospital setting
Cath Lab Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
Technology has made it possible for many hospitals and healthcare organizations to operate cardiac cath labs which expedite these procedures and provide convenience for patients. As such, there is a continuous need for travel nurses who work in the cath lab, and that demand is expected to grow in the next few years. Travel nurses who work in cardiac cath labs have a unique set of skills that only comes from extensive experience. As such, cath lab nurses who travel typically earn a higher wage than an entry-level travel nurse.
Cath lab travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as a cath lab travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!