Nursing jobs in Nebraska are in high demand, as the Nebraska Center for Nursing projects a 20 percent shortage of nurses in the state by 2020. Because of this, the center is currently reaching out to healthcare facilities statewide to develop and implement strategies to combat the increasing shortage. The main factors contributing to a shortage of nurses is an aging workforce and a lack of nursing faculty. The good news is as demand for all types of nurses increases, funding for expanding programs and improving recruiting methods has as well.
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.