RN, Cardiac Catheterization, FT, Days

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Feb 23, 2021
Full time Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Description

Department Overview

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.

Function/Duties of Position

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.

  • Evaluates assigned patients and plans, implements and documents nursing care.
  • Assists physicians during examinations and procedures.
  • Performs various patient tests and administers medications within the scope of practice of the registered nurse.
  • Promotes patients' independence by establishing patient care goals and teaching patients and families to understand conditions, medications, and self-care skills.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Required Qualifications

  • External applicants: Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Current, unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse License
  • ACLS/BLS and PALS must be issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA (upload documentation with online application).
  • ACLS/BLS and PALS must not expire during orientation or probation period.
  • 2-years of current nursing experience in cath lab, adult intensive care, emergency department, perianesthesia, and procedural care areas
  • Excellent communication skills including active listening, the ability to engage with a diverse set of patient populations, and success with conflict management
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Ability to lift, bend, stoop, reach, carry, push, pull and walk throughout the work period.   Able to lift 35 lbs independently.  Complies with the safe patient mobilization policy when lifting or positioning dependent patients, including using mechanical lifts and coordinating the assistance of other personnel.   
  • Must be able to use all senses: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and speaking.  Reasonable accommodations include corrective lenses and/or hearing aids
  • The work environment carries risk of exposure to human tissue/fluids and radiation. 
  • Must be able to deal with competing needs and priorities of internal and external customers, including making correct judgments regarding ensuring safe conditions for patients, families, and other personnel. 
  • Use of all hospital approved clinical equipment.   Significant use of computers, copiers, multi-line phones, and fax. 
  • OHSU provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, by request to the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) department at aaeo@ohsu.edu.    
  • Ability to successfully navigate complex patient care coordination needs independently
  • Serve as a role model in supporting and promoting OHSU’s vision and mission
  • Efficient time management to effectively move patients through the system
  • Constant exposure to usual hospital environmental conditions including possible exposure to blood and body fluids for which staff is provided education and protective equipment to minimize risk
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
  • 2+ years of Cardiac Cath experience

Additional Details

Orientation:  3-6 months

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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