Cardiac Care Nursing

Learn How to Become a Cardiac Care Nurse

Cardiac care nurses work under the direction of a cardiologist in surgical or outpatient settings. They treat patients of all ages suffering from heart diseases and conditions such as angina, coronary disease, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarction. A cardiac care nurse also educates patients and their families on disease prevention and medications as needed.

Preparation Path

Get your BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Work at least 2 years and acquire 2,000 hours of clinical experience in cardiovascular nursing

Get your cardiac vascular nursing certification (RN-BC) and life support certifications

Typical Tasks

  • Assisting cardiologists during surgery
  • Performing post-operative care (including medication administration via IV)
  • Giving stress test evaluations
  • Monitoring cardiac and vascular health
  • Administering health assessments
  • Conducting clinical research

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Cardiac clinics
  • Medical centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Nursing homes

Annual Salary Range

$67,931 – $77,037


RN, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification

Education Requirements


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