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.
What you’ll do
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.

Notes on Nursing Podcast

1 Podcasts
  • Caring for Our Most Vulnerable Infant Cardiac Patients with Lori Erickson
    We chat with Lori Erickson, MSN, CPNP-PC, the clinical manager for the CHAMP® (Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program) at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri in this episode. Lori and other nurses involved with the CHAMP program are dedicated to saving lives of babies born with single ventricle heart disease who are in the critical period between surgery stages.
    2018-03-01T17:29:07Z
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Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects an estimated 40,000 babies born every year, making it the most common birth defect found in infants. Though some forms of CHD do not result in health problems later in life, about 25 percent of infants with CCHD have a critical CHD, which can lead to negative outcomes if not diagnosed soon after birth.
2018-05-03T04:00:00Z
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