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CNAs Who Want to Work in Cardiac Care
Certified nursing assistants who want to work in cardiac care should receive additional training to care for those who suffer from heart diseases. This will especially help when searching for a job that involves heart care. Most CNAs who want to go this route in their career will undergo training as a patient care technician.
Patient care technicians are considered a multi-trained technical worker. The courses consist of EKG training, CNA, and Phlebotomy. With certification from all three. But for those who are already certified nursing assistant, they will only need to complete and pass the EKG training and the phlebotomy. Many of the PCT classes also offer a CPR or a basic life support class. Certified nursing assistants who obtain this additional training, will have a better chance landing a job in a cardiac care unit.
Certified nursing assistants who enroll in a EKG class will learn how to
- Perform and understand basic EKG readings
- The anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement
- Determine the electrical activity of arterial and ventricular cells as specific wave forms and complexes
- Carry out Electrocardiograph tracings of the heart
- Process reports and keep the equipment clean
All of the knowledge that you will learn in class and be able to perform, such as the diagnostic tests will provide assistance to doctors in identifying and treating cardiovascular problems in patients.
If you decide to enroll in the phlebotomy course, you will gain the skill set to properly collects blood samples that will be used for lab analysis. Students will also learn to maintain reports on their patients.
By taking all of the courses that is offered to become a patient care technician you will gain National Certification for EKG; for Phlebotomy; and for National Certification for Patient Care Technician.
Once all of your certifications have been completed, you will want to start applying for jobs in cardiac care. Cardiovascular disorders has become the number one cause of death in the united states. Because of this most hospitals have cardiac care units. Cardiac care jobs can also be found area cardiac care facilities, and Doctors offices.
If a career in cardiac care is something that is of interest to you, start searching online for jobs in this area. This will give you a better understanding of what the employers are looking for in their workers. While most will require that you have EKG training, there are several that will also require you to become CPR certified.
There are no shortages when it comes to those who want to in the health care field, especially those who want to work with heart patients. For those who pose the right certifications, the odds of obtaining employment in cardiac care is great.