What Does a Cardiac Intervention Nurse Do?
Cardiac Intervention Nurses are specialists who focus on patients with heart diseases undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac procedures. They work closely with cardiologists during interventions such as angioplasties, cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology studies, and implantations of cardiac devices. These nurses are responsible for pre-procedure preparation, monitoring patients during the procedure, and providing post-procedure care which includes assessing for complications, educating patients about their procedures, and facilitating recovery.
These nurses require a strong background in cardiac care and must be adept at interpreting cardiac rhythms and understanding hemodynamic monitoring. They must act swiftly in emergencies, providing critical care interventions as needed. Strong communication skills are also essential, as they must explain complex procedures to patients and their families in an understandable way and provide emotional support.
They are typically employed in hospitals, particularly in cardiac catheterization labs or specialized cardiac units. Their role is vital in ensuring that patients undergoing cardiac procedures receive high-quality, specialized care and have positive outcomes post-intervention. Their contributions are crucial in the recovery and long-term health of patients with cardiac conditions.