Montana is predominantly a rural state, so many available nursing jobs are for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, the state is facing a critical nursing shortage in all areas that is projected to rise as many RNs in their fifties and sixties retire. Also, nursing education is a constant struggle due to a lack of educators and facilities and land constraints. Nurses with a strong education who are willing to work and travel in rural areas are in high demand in Montana, and will continue to be for quite some time.
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.