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Cardiac Care Nurse

A Cardiac Care Nurse cares for patients with heart diseases or conditions, from coronary artery disease to heart failure and recovery from bypass surgery.

High demand

Cardiac Care Nurses are in high demand because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Over 92 million Americans suffer from some type of heart condition.

Source: American Heart Association

Required education
ADN or BSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll work closely with a cardiologist to provide quality care to patients of all ages.
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What you’ll do

Assessment

You’ll examine patients, perform stress test evaluations, monitor heart activity and electrocardiograms.

Education

You’ll teach patients and their families about diseases, processes, treatments and the best ways to stay healthy.

Treatment

You’ll administer medication, monitor pain, and insert and remove IVs.

Where you’ll work
  • Cardiovascular clinics
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Your own practice
How to become a Cardiac Care Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN.

03

Work as a Registered Nurse two years.

Gaining at least 2,000 hours of experience and 30 hours of continuing education in Cardiovascular Nursing.

04

Get your Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

You may also be required to be certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

05

You’re ready to work as Cardiac Care Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Cardiac Care Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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