As Connecticut struggles to fill nursing jobs, state officials are trying to increase education programs and funds to deal with the nursing shortage. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, there are 1,081 openings for registered nurses per year, 535 annual openings for nursing aides and 294 openings a year for licensed practical nurses. The Department estimates that by 2014, the demand for registered nurses will have grown by 13 percent. This means that quality candidates for nursing jobs are in high demand in Connecticut.
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.