Cardiac rehabilitation nurses work with patients recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery. They assist patients in their move towards independence by setting realistic goals and treatment plans.
Most cardiac rehab nurses are baccalaureate prepared and trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and many are certified through the American Nurses Association. The cardiac rehab programs generally consist of three phases: in hospital/inpatient, early recovery/immediate outpatient, and late recovery/maintenance.
Cardiac rehabilitation nurse dities:
-monitors patients during physical workouts to prevent overexertion or injury
-provide patient and family education, counseling, and case management
-addresses any problems and maintains communication with physicians
-participate in research that helps improve the practice of rehabilitation
Cardiac rehab nurses impact care through their expertise in cardiovascular pathophysiology and assessment, dysrhythmia interpretation, and emergency management of complex clinical situations
Cardiac rehabilitation nurses work in hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, community and home health settings, insurance companies, private practice, schools, industrial health centers, fitness centers
Cardiac rehabilitation nurses educational requirements include being a registered nurse and being certified in advanced cardiac life support. Certifications for cardiac rehab nurses are facilitated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation nurses salary: $61,000 to $83,740 annually. Salary rates depend on a lot of things like educational level, scope of work and employer.