Like much of the rest of the country, Atlanta is suffering from an acute shortage of qualified nurses to fill the growing number of Atlanta nursing jobs. This shortage is a result of the aging population of existing nurses and a lack of capacity in the region's training centers. Most of these Atlanta nursing job openings are in hospitals and home care agencies. Atlanta's largest hospitals include: Grady Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and Emory University Hospital.
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.