Registered Nurse - Cardiac Catheterization Lab & Heart Rhythm

Hospital Kitchener St Marys General Hospital
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Registered Nurse - Cardiac Catheterization Lab & Heart Rhythm (16)
Job Number: 16
Job Title: Registered Nurse - Cardiac Catheterization Lab & Heart Rhythm
Number of Openings: 1
Employment Type: Part-Time
Hours of Work: Rotating Shifts
Job Category: ONA
Application Deadline: 2019/11/19
Position Description

For more than 90 years St. Mary’s General Hospital has fostered a culture of innovation, compassion and respect. With this vision, St. Mary’s has developed an environment that inspires people to perform to the best of their ability. Passion, excellence and innovation are deeply embedded in all we do. St. Mary’s uses these principles to foster a healthy, supportive work environment that cares for the well-being of our community - mind, body and spirit. When you join St. Mary’s, your contribution will make a positive impact to the quality of life for patients and families. In addition, you will join a team dedicated to making St. Mary’s the safest and most effective hospital in Canada.


New employees must provide documentation of a 2-step TB screening, as well as proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) prior to their start date at St. Mary’s General Hospital. No staff will be allowed to start work without clearance through Employee Health and Wellness.


The Cardiac Cath Lab & Heart Rhythm Nurse provides care for patients who are experiencing alterations in their cardiac health and at times in life-threatening health crises, within a patient/family centered model of care. The Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible to provide complex, intensive patient care utilizing his/her advanced knowledge, critical thinking, advanced problem solving, leadership, advocacy, and judgment skills. The RN must have the ability to strictly adhere to procedural guidelines and work in an intense, professional, and collaborative environment, where the procedure nurse is interactive with the multidisciplinary team, supportive and committed to excellence and quality patient care.

Moreover, the RN is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care for patients in a rapidly changing environment. Based on knowledge of nursing, biological, physical, psychosocial and behavioural sciences, the RN continuously analyzes data in an effort to: identify patient / family wishes, prioritize and problem solve, formulate a plan of care, and provide evidenced based interventions to meet the patient’s needs.


What You’ll Do

  • Prioritize nursing care for patients based on assessment data and identified needs.
  • Monitor, interpret, and evaluate patient specific data including assessment findings and results from laboratory and/or diagnostic testing. Adjusts care within designated parameters and seeks input from physician as required.
  • Perform therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based on nursing standards, clinical best practices and hospital protocols/policies.
  • Consult and coordinates care with health care team members. Participates in team and/or family conferences. Collaborates with other health professionals to develop and revise treatment plans base on identified needs and assessment data.
  • Communicate accurately and effectively with patient and his/her family members as well as interdisciplinary team members
  • Teache patient/family members. Advocate for the needs of the patient.
  • Maintain accurate clinical records. Documents concisely, accurately and completely in a timely manner. Documents medical history, assessment findings, treatment plans, interventions, outcomes and plan revisions.
  • Assist physicians in performing specialized procedures including cardiac catheterization, PCI (angioplasty), permanent pacemaker insertions including CRT’s, ICD’s, and any future heart rhythm procedures
  • Monitor, adjusts, and maintains specialized equipment used with patients. Ability to use advanced technologies.
  • Responsible for medication administration via oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, intracoronary and gastric routes
  • Provide leadership within the practice setting.
  • Respond to life threatening and/or emergent situations. Participates in or initiates CPR and Codes when necessary.
  • Participate in ongoing education to keep abreast of changing techniques in cardiology and intervention cardiology techniques. Maintains a high level of expertise through participation in formal and informal education programs.


Rotating On Call Evenings and Weekends

Position Requirements
  • BScN or equivalent
  • Registered Nurse, in good standing, with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of Cardiac Catheterization, Heart Rhythm experience and/or perioperative experience in a variety of surgical specialties
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of recent critical care experience within a hospital setting
  • Current ACLS certification
  • Completion of Basic Cardiac Assessment course with proven proficiency at reading and interpreting a cardiac monitor, pulse oximetry, and arterial / venous blood gases
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment and Basic Airway Management skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to critically think, problem solve, prioritize and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-directed learner / demonstrated commitment to continuous learning
  • Collaboration / Teamwork – ability to work within an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Medication administration – oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, intracoronary and gastric routes
  • Experience maintaining a sterile field during procedures (including physician assisted procedures).
  • Skills using / trouble shooting various technological medical devices – familiar with and/or willingness to learn different types of equipment in diagnostic and interventional cardiology such as continuous physiological monitoring, pacemakers, Intra- aortic balloon pump, ventilators and bipap equipment, IVUS, FFR, ACT, AVOX
  • Must have a level of physical fitness to perform the essential duties of the position which include standing for long periods and wearing lead aprons
  • Commitment to complete the Perioperative Nursing Course within 3 months of hire; 12 lead EKG course within months 3 of hire; Coronary Care Certificate Program within 6 months of hire

Must be able to respond to SMGH within 30 minutes when on-call and must be able/available to cover/work weeknight and weekends on-call.

 Preference will be given to applicants with the following additional qualifications:

  • Completion of Coronary Care Certificate
  • Completion of Critical Care Certificate
  • Completion of Perioperative Nursing Course
  • Sheath Removal Certification and experience
  • Skills with intravenous management
  • Moderate Sedation Certification
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Completion of National Certification Exam: Cardiovascular CCN© or Critical Care CNCC ©
Application Instructions
As per the applicable collective agreement, the internal recruitment process will be completed prior to the consideration of external applications.

Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code. SMGH requires all new hires to submit a valid Criminal Record Check that may include a Vulnerable Sector Screen prior to start date.
We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest and only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm the receipt of individual applications or resumes.

The number of vacancies may fluctuate dependent on departmental staffing requirements. 
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