So Valentine’s Day falls in the same week as Cardiovascular (CV) Pros Week. Cardiovascular Pros Week was designated to celebrate the efforts of ❤️️ healthcare professionals – doctors, technologists, therapists, nurses, etc. But given the circumstances – ya know, we staff travel nurses 😊 – it’s only right we talk about our nurses who are acknowledged along with these other CV pros.
You can find cardiac nurses in the cardiology unit, cardiovascular interventional units, and cardiothoracic surgical units. But what exactly does a cardiac nurse do? As their name suggests, these are human heart experts.
Most cardiovascular clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) work in hospitals. They care for critically ill patients, as well as patients recovering from cardiac procedures such as bypass, angioplasty, or pacemaker surgery.
The services of these cardiac nurses can extend to the home, too. Recovering patients are usually tasked with following new dietary or workout 💪regiment. A cardiac nurse can help ensure everything is happening as it should.
This includes monitoring and evaluating heart devices (e.g. pacemakers, defibs, etc.), and performing and evaluating various cardiac tests. Of course, as a nurse, they also have to educate patients (and often the patient’s family) on how to maintain their cardiac health.
Demand for cardiac nurses will fluctuate depending on a facility’s location, but the reality is there’s a national nursing shortage. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016-17), demand for cardiac nurse specialists is expected to grow 16 percent through 2024, which is much faster than average.📈
There’s plenty incentive to become a cardiac nurse. Emergency cardiac nurses who work in ambulatory settings or in emergency room earn an average of $72,000 per year, but compensation will vary by facility, setting and experience. Of course, traveling cardiac nurses stand to earn even more. 💰💰💰