Positions as a cardiovascular advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) are available in hospitals and other healthcare organizations. In addition to meeting all of the requirements to obtain an ARNP license in the organization's state, most positions require a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school. Other certifications such as basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support are also standard, but some positions allow applicants to obtain them after accepting the job. Required experience varies based on the level of the position, but it usually includes a minimum of one year of experience in a related field is required, as well as several years of experience in the general health care field.
Individuals in this position work directly with cardiovascular patients, assessing new patients and developing care plans to aid in the recovery process. Other daily tasks include coordinating ambulatory services, providing advance nursing care, educating patients, maintaining accurate medical records, and (in some positions) making home visits to patients. Most positions require work within a relatively small team of nurses, typically with a head nurse, but supervision may be limited, so some level of independence is necessary.
Physical requirements are relatively limited, but the ability to help older patients and carry small loads may be necessary. Applicants should expect regular walking and long periods of standing, but this is all performed in an indoor environment. Work hours vary greatly based on available shifts, and flexibility is needed.
Cardiovascular Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Tasks
- Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
- Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
- Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
- Administer therapeutic procedures.
- Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.