Cardiology clinical nurse specialists are responsible for coordinating and facilitating cardiology activities in clinical settings and conducting imaging tests as required by their supervisor. They are generally in charge of providing support for nursing tasks in the cardiology department, so they must be organized and pay close attention to detail to minimize accidents on the job. Candidates for this position must work well in team settings with other nurses to meet goals and tend to patients, but also work on their own with minimal supervision.
Cardiology clinical nurse specialists have expert knowledge of cardiology procedures in order to verify medical needs, follow up on patient treatment, and write patient and treatment documentation, and they report their progress to the cardiology supervisor. They must follow strict safety and privacy guidelines while providing support to non-clinical staff to better serve patients and their families, as well as conduct peer consultations with nurses and cardiology experts to decide the best treatment/s in difficult circumstances. They generally administer surgery participate in diagnosis, surgery preparation, and prevention and treatment of heart- and blood-related illnesses, and also collaborate with hospital patient care managers to find ways to improve clinical processes and patient satisfaction.
A bachelor's degree in nursing with a cardiology or related specialty is generally required for this position. Prior working experience in a clinical nurse capacity is highly beneficial, and nursing and cardiology certifications are a plus.