Inside Cardiac Nurse Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Organization And Time Management Are Very Important For Nursing...
Most new nurses are surprised at the extraordinary amount of organization it takes to work on a cardiac floor. Taking care of 6 acutely ill cardiac patients all at once in a 12 hour shift can be very overwhelming, but rewarding." (Registered Nurse; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Louisiana, male
School: Studied Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University in Louisiana; completed Bachelor degree in 2009

"I was surprised to find how attached you get to some patients, and how much you invest in them getting well. You come to get to know them, their fears, concerns, even their family members." (Registered Nurse; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Illinois At Chicago in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2009

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Cardiac Nurse: "The job is extremely rewarding because you are helping others. Nursing is ideal because it provides opportunities for various shifts and areas of practice such as acute care, home health, research, private practice, out-patient surgery, and consulting. Another advantage of nursing is the opportunity it affords you to travel the country with help of various staffing agencies. The worst part of the job is trying to do an adequate job in providing care for patients with limited staffing and resources. Healthcare is a mess and much work is needed to improve the system of care in this country." (2010)

Career Background

Cardiac Nurse

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Career Tips

"Volunteer Or Shadow A Nurse Before You Start Nursing School...
Before you ever decide to become a nurse, volunteer at a hospital and see exactly what the average day of a nurse is like. Nursing is a calling, and you need to realize what you are getting into. It is one of the most difficult jobs but very rewarding." (Registered Nurse; 2014)

"Get A Grad Degree...
Obtain a nursing degree from a four-year program and aim to continue your education at the graduate level after practicing for few years. It is beneficial to set future goals for career advancement in a profession such as nursing. Advanced degrees provide avenues for management or autonomous practice." (Cardiac Nurse; 2010)