The state of Mississippi has been dealing with a nursing shortage for awhile, but nursing jobs have especially been in demand since Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately for the state, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce is one of the most innovative nursing workforce centers in the country. They have taken recent steps to bolster training and placement of nurses, and recently helped get a large salary increase approved for nursing faculty. Because of these efforts, student placement has increased dramatically, which will help hospitals fill nursing jobs more effectively in the near future.
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.