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Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse

A Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse works with patients who have catheters inserted into the heart for cardiac conditions or defects.
Required education
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll assist doctors during surgery, and look after patients before and after their procedures.
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What you’ll do


You’ll help doctors during Cardiac Catheterization and other surgical procedures involving the heart.


You’ll teach people how to live healthy lives and reduce their risk of heart disease.


You’ll monitor patients and administer medication.

Where you’ll work
  • Cardiac Catheterization labs
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private clinics
How to become a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get your Cardiac Vascular Nurse Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Take part in a Cardiac Cath Lab training program run by a hospital, usually about six months.


You’re ready to work as a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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