Arkansas is facing similar challenges in filling its nursing jobs as many other surrounding states. One of the main concerns is that not enough nursing students are graduating to keep up with the pace that new RNs are needed. The fortunate part is that Arkansas has many nursing positions currently available, because the profession has not been as drastically affected by the economic downturn as it has in many urban areas in the country.
Cardiac catheterization lab nurses (or cath lab nurses) are highly specialized cardiac care nurses that perform pre- and post-procedural care for patients that undergo specific cardiovascular procedures, including (but not limited to) cardiac catheterization, pacemakers, angioplasties and valvuloplasties. Because these cardiac care procedures are so cutting edge, cath lab nurses must consistently keep up on the latest technological advancements, through such resources as the Cath Lab Digest. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses, at 22%. Because of their specialization and talent, cath lab nurses should expect a higher-than-average salary, compared to other registered nurses.