The echocardiography (Echo) lab provides care to adult patients over the age of 18 [unless BMI is indication of adult body (with age <18). Attending MD will be present for those procedures]. Procedures include: transthoracic echo, exercise stress echo, pharmacological stress echo, and the exercise and/or pharmacological stress portion of nuclear perfusion tests. The RNs administer the medications and monitor the patient’s response to the procedures.
Transesophageal echo is done under conscious sedation in the Interventional Recovery Unit. The echocardiography lab is staffed Mon-Fri, 8:00AM to 5:00PM for routine and scheduled testing both at Center for Health and Healing and Sam Jackson Hall. Inpatient coverage is provided on Saturdays, 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations. The Clinical RN's care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role™]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RN's engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical RN exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, a Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.