This professional nurse is responsible for participating in a wide variety of specialized invasive cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in Cath/EP lab, that assist in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. He/she is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of veteran patients during Cardiac Cath/EP procedures. Circulates, assists, and operates equipment for all the various Cardiac Cath/TAVR/EP Lab and Echo Lab procedures. The Cardiac Cath nurse monitors patients during Cardiac Cath/EP procedures, including continuous ECG and hemodynamic monitoring, identification of cardiac arrhythmias, response to medications, titration of vasoactive IV medications, and treatments and documents patient data during procedures and maintains the procedure log. The RN demonstrates ability to recognize impending or actual cardiac and /or respiratory arrest and initiate appropriate action in an organized and efficient manner consistent with the policies of the hospital, BLS & ACLS guidelines, and EP lab protocols. He/she administers medication and moderate sedation with appropriate patient monitoring, assessment, and documentation utilizing all safety precautions. This registered nurse maintains knowledge of the IABP, function of a transvenous pacemaker, and new technological equipment added to the Cath Lab. The incumbent operates complex radiographic, angiographic, and digital recording equipment. They maintain all radiation safety principles and conducts quality control procedures on equipment as required pre- or post-procedure. Follows strict adherence to sterile technique, infection control, and safety practices. He/she implements essential patient teaching elements, and serves as a resource for patient concerns and questions. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, On-Call Required (must live within 30 minutes of the VA for on call). Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.