The need for more nursing jobs in West Virginia is critical, as the state has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the U.S. This means hospitals will need more nursing staff for increased patient care, and will also need to replace nurses who are getting old themselves. There is no doubt West Virginia is aware of the magnitude of the current nursing shortage, as WVU just recently joined a partnership to test innovative ideas within the state with the goal of improving patient care in hospitals, increasing retention of nurses, and effectively dealing with the nursing shortage nationally.
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.