EP Lab RN – EP Lab Registered Nurse

EP Lab RN – EP Lab Registered Nurse

Job Title: Electrophysiology Nurse


Job Summary: An Electrophysiology Nurse, often referred to as an EP Nurse, is a specialized healthcare professional responsible for providing comprehensive care to patients undergoing electrophysiology procedures. These procedures involve the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and conditions related to the heart's electrical system. The Electrophysiology Nurse plays a crucial role in assisting physicians, ensuring patient safety, and maintaining the highest standard of care during EP procedures.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Patient Assessment: Conduct thorough patient assessments, including medical history, vital signs, and current medications, to determine their suitability for electrophysiology procedures.
  2. Pre-procedure Preparation: Prepare patients both physically and emotionally for EP procedures, explaining the process, addressing concerns, and obtaining informed consent.
  3. Equipment Setup: Assist in setting up and calibrating specialized equipment used during electrophysiology procedures, such as cardiac mapping systems, ablation devices, and electrophysiology recording equipment.
  4. Procedure Assistance: Collaborate with electrophysiologists and other members of the healthcare team during EP procedures, ensuring sterile techniques, monitoring patient vital signs, and assisting with instrument handling.
  5. Patient Education: Educate patients and their families about the purpose of the procedure, expected outcomes, and post-procedure care. Provide clear instructions for discharge and follow-up appointments.
  6. Medication Administration: Administer medications and intravenous solutions as prescribed by the physician, including sedatives and anti-arrhythmic drugs, to manage patient comfort and safety during the procedure.
  7. Monitoring: Continuously monitor patients' cardiac rhythms, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation during EP procedures, promptly addressing any deviations from the norm.
  8. Documentation: Maintain detailed and accurate patient records, documenting vital signs, medications administered, and any complications or adverse events during the procedure.
  9. Post-procedure Care: Monitor patients in the recovery area, assess their condition, and provide post-procedure care, including pain management and wound care as needed.
  10. Patient Advocacy: Advocate for the well-being and safety of patients, ensuring their rights and preferences are respected throughout the EP procedure.
  11. Infection Control: Strictly adhere to infection control protocols and maintain a clean and sterile environment in the EP lab.
  12. Professional Development: Stay current with advancements in electrophysiology nursing by attending workshops, seminars, and continuing education programs.


Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state of practice.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred.
  • Certification in Cardiac Nursing or Electrophysiology Nursing (CEPS) is a plus.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification are required.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Empathy and compassion for patients and their families.

Working as an Electrophysiology Nurse offers a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, helping patients achieve better heart health and an improved quality of life. This role demands a high level of clinical expertise, professionalism, and dedication to patient care.


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