Cardiovascular Nurse at a Glance

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Best States for Cardiovascular Nurse

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Mississippi 28,200 $57,740 $28
Rhode Island 11,840 $73,070 $35
South Dakota 11,030 $52,800 $25

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Becoming a Cardiovascular Nurse

To become a cardiovascular nurse, you must first complete the necessary education and training needed to become a licensed registered nurse. This begins with earning a degree or diploma in nursing from an approved nursing program at a four-year university, community college, or other higher education institutions. While in nursing school, students will take a variety of science and nursing courses, including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, psychology, nutrition, microbiology, and pharmacology.

In addition to taking courses, students will also complete clinical practicums that correspond with their study of gerontology, psychiatric and mental health care, pediatrics, reproductive health care, and other specialties. Clinical experiences are arguably the most important part of a student's nursing education. It gives students the chance to apply their knowledge and skills in real-life health care settings and find the nursing specialty that fits them best. Here is a list of common nursing courses with corresponding clinical practicums:

  • Adult and Older Adult Health Care
  • Child and Adolescent Health Care
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Management of Patients in High Acuity Settings

Upon completion of a nursing degree or diploma program, graduates will prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates who pass the exam and meet their state-specific licensing requirements will be awarded a license to practice. Cardiovascular nurse careers can be very competitive. Candidates may get hired right out of school or need a few years of nursing under their belt to be considered for employment. All current and prospective cardiovascular nurses will need to have Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, both offered by the American Heart Association.