The Role of the Registered Nurse in the Cardiac Care Context

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The Role of the RN in the Cardiac Care Context Role in Cardiac Care Unit: What most distinguishes the role of the RN working in the context of a Cardiac specialty unit is the need for constant monitoring and rapid response. Where cardiac patients are concerned, the reduction of mortality will hinge largely on healthcare team response time and efficiency there within. According to National Institutes of Health (NIH), ""it is recognized that intensive observation, and immediate recognition of the patient's needs are essential. Institution of appropriate life-saving therapy must be done within an extremely short space of time." (NIH, p. 228) This informs the role of the RN as one of constant readiness and recognition. According to the NIH, this denotes that in most Cardiac Care contexts, the Registered Nurse will be expected to be versed and practiced in the performance of these life-saving techniques. Further, the NIH guidelines denote that the RN must be aware of the procedural and regulatory conditions by which they may administer said techniques, whether through the permission of a doctor or on the basis of standing procedural orders. In most instances, due to the time-sensitive nature of the administration of cardiac treatment, the latter prompting will apply. Expectations for new Graduate: The roles described above demonstrate the need for a knowledgeable, experienced and well-trained nursing staff. Thus, it is critical to involve graduate nursing students in the
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