Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner

Cardiovascular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

As we approach defined roles in the health care team, nurses are not exempted on these modalities in professional education. More and more courses are being offered both online and classroom type of discussion regarding specialties. Most of the specialties pertain to body systems in a more organized manner of classification. For instance, Cardiology may need nurses who are now called Cardiovascular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Cardiovascular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners have dedicated themselves in using the nursing process in giving nursing care to patients with cardiac conditions that needs ample monitoring. Their roles revolve on being the primary bedside caregiver as well as advocate of patients who are unable to represent their needs. As most of the patients with cardiac conditions have minimal or limited range of activities, nurses serve as persons who perform some of these activities for themselves in order to prevent an increased range of effort in the patients part. Aside from that, with the varied cases of cardiac conditions, nurses are called in this specialized field to respond to the needs of patients that have undergone heart transplants, bypass surgeries, and who are under the life-support system. With these responsibilities listed, cardiovascular advanced registered nurse practitioners must completely equip themselves with proper education and training. As specialists, it also a challenge to cover all the patients across the lifespan. With the age difference, nurse must also give the age-appropriate care. Here are the typical nursing duties an advanced nurse practitioner:

  1. Monitoring vital signs especially the blood pressure and cardiac rate
  2. Documenting the nursing care rendered through the proper documentation system
  3. Monitoring the signs and symptoms and referring it to the physician in a timely manner
  4. Utilizing the life-support machines in aid of diagnosing and treating the patients
  5. Encouraging the patients to alter their lifestyle into a heart-friendly lifestyle
  6. Encouraging the patients to take on rehabilitation after surgeries or treatment
  7. Teaching the patient to help themselves as well as compliance to the medical treatment even after hospitalizations.

Deciding to be in cardiovascular nursing starts off in making good in the basic nursing education. Here are the following steps after getting the bachelor’s degree in nursing:

  1. Registered Nurses Board Examination – The prerequisite to board examination is a completed degree in nursing. Depending on the country of origin, some offer national board examinations like the National Council Licensure Examination. Upon passing this examination, this certifies the holder to be competent enough to be a registered nurse.
  2. Graduate Studies – One option in reaching the specialized field can be through a Master’s Degree in Science in Nursing. The scope of this study actually involves emphasis on cardiovascular care across the ages. The treatment and advances in diagnosing heart conditions are further discussed in this education. Theories about the origins of the medical treatment of heart conditions are also reviewed in effort to get more insight. Evidenced based nursing practice research is also being encouraged through this degree.
  3. Advanced Certification or Education – Getting into the specialized area of nursing needs more training with higher knowledge about that specific field. As the medical field advances, nurses must also be able to cope up with them. That is why professional continuing education is very accessible. The certification for advanced nurses in under the mandate of National Certification Boards. The requirements for complying on the certification depend on the locality. There certain policies and procedures that are either practiced in a specific state only. So a nurse can actually get different certifications depending on the area that he or she about to work. Renewal of certification among advanced practitioners may need a few hours of training in a form of lecture or online sessions. Further exposure to the specialized field may also be needed in order to be qualified for renewal.

The potential income of a Cardiovascular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner may range from $50,000 – $70,000 according to various surveys. Advanced nurse practitioners in this field may actually work in a hospital unit like the Cardiac Care Unit or a Heart Center that caters all the different cases of patients with cardiac problems, from congenital to degenerative heart problems. With this income potential, many nurses concentrate their skills in cardiac cases until such time they get the prescribed certification. Aside from the academic requirements needed to reach that status, it is still important that a nurse can really love the job in the cardiovascular nursing when he or she has a pure intention and love on this field.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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