How to Become a Cath Lab RN

As with any other nursing specialty, the first step to becoming a Cardiac Cath Lab RN is to graduate with an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass your NCLEX-RN to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Gaining Experience: Your Next Move

Transitioning into the Cath Lab requires more than just basic nursing qualifications due to its advanced nature. Healthcare facilities often prefer candidates with substantial experience over fresh graduates. To pave the way for a Cath Lab position, Registered Nurses (RNs) frequently accumulate years of experience in high-intensity environments like the Emergency Department (ED) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Alternatively, participating in hospital-based training programs can provide the targeted experience and skills needed for this specialized role.

Necessary Certifications, Credentials and Qualifications

While each healthcare facility has its own specific set of qualifications for Cath Lab RNs, some requirements are standard across the board. These requirements include:

  • An active RN license
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications
  • Nursing experience, with a preference for critical care experience

Beyond the basic qualifications, some healthcare facilities also look for these more advanced items:

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