A cardiac rehabilitation nurse is a nurse who cares for individuals dealing with cardiovascular issues such as cardiovascular disorders, heart disease, coronary artery issues and a host of other medical problems related to the cardiovascular system.
Cardiac rehabilitation nurses provide medical care to patients before, during and after medical procedures, which may include heart surgery, coronary bypass surgery, lung cancer, transplantation or other surgical process.
From a consultation perspective these nurses provide advice to their patients in order to help them develop better healthcare habits and optimize their lifestyle so that patients can lead healthy fulfilling lives.
They educate patients about making dietary changes, getting adequate exercise, reducing stressful events, maximizing rest and other health factors related to their lifestyle choices and create treatment plans that are designed to aide in the patient’s recovery process.
The first aim of a cardiac rehabilitation nurse is to prevent patients from needing surgery or other types of invasive medical procedures through education and healthcare planning.
When those options are not available and a patient requires further medical care cardiac rehabilitation nurses will work with patients within a medical facility or healthcare setting where they can receive additional medical care.
When working with patients who require medical care at a hospital or healthcare facility cardiac rehabilitation nurses may monitor their patients vital signs, administer medications, assist with rehabilitation programs, record the patients recovery status, administer stress tests and perform other duties related to cardiac care.
Cardiac rehabilitation nurses can be found working in a number of different healthcare settings such as at hospitals, specialty clinics, and cardiac rehabilitation centers among other healthcare centers.
Because of the nature of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues many of the patients rehab nurses work with are older individuals or elderly patients who require additional medical care.
Those who work as cardiac rehabilitation nurses must be patients and understanding with their patients as they have often gone through a traumatic experience and may be fearful of physical activity or other types of activities that they feel may affect their health or cause further cardiovascular stress.
In some cases these nurses may spend months working with their patients, especially in rehabilitation centers, so it is common for rehab nurses to develop strong and long-lasting relationships with their patients.
Being kind-hearted, having a strong desire to help other recover from their illnesses and keeping an open mind is what being a cardiac rehab nurse is all about.