Patients in the Electrophysiology & Cardiac Catheterization Lab are cared for by a multidisciplinary team including Registered Nurses, Cardiovascular Technologists, Registered Radiologic Technologists and Interventional Cardiologists. Patients require continuous cardiac monitoring, frequent physician, nursing and ancillary service intervention, and other specialized treatment and/or procedures such as intubation, mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, aortic balloon pumps, pericardicentesis, transfusion of blood products, insertion of permanent and temporary pacemakers, cardioversion, defibrillation, pain management, sedation and titration of intravenous medications including vasoactive agents, cardiac agents, anticoagulants, and anti-platelet agents.
The department is open Monday through Friday from 06:45 to 16:00 for routine and emergent cases and an on-call team is available 7 days a week for all cases after routine hours of operation. New nurse members to the team will start in the OHSU Cardiac Cath Lab Transition to Practice (TTP) Program.
The TTP program is a concept-based curriculum that integrates professional practice and specialty population content to individualize each nurse’s orientation and optimize the use of teaching and learning best practice. Throughout the program, nurses are challenged to know, own, and practice their responsibilities for self-directivity, self-management, reflection, and peer feedback. By partnering with stakeholders, using the best evidence, evaluating practice and patient outcomes, transitioning nurses are successful in integrating previous experience with new knowledge and standards. The success of the program is measured on its ability to support growth and development, and decrease variation in practice.
The OHSU Cardiac Cath Lab emphasizes a multi-disciplinary shared governance approach to determining staffing, call schedules, and other aspects that are key to building trust and a collaborative team.
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.
Orientation: 3-6 months