CARDIAC NURSING is a medical profession devoted to cardiac healthcare for patients of all ages. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US with approximately 1.5 million heart attacks (myocardial infarctions or “MIs”) occurring each year. Cardiac Nurses provide patient care on cardiac surgical wards, telemetry units, medical wards, pediatric ICUs (treating children with congenital heart defects), cardiac catheterization laboratories (“cath labs”), cardiac critical care units (Cardiovascular ICU, CVICU, or CCU), chest pain clinics, and echocardiography labs. Cardiac Nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) with an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or diploma in nursing. Cardiac Nurses may also earn additional certifications such as Cardiovascular Nurse RN (CVRN), or Critical Care RN (CCRN) for Cardiac Nurses working in ICUs. Cardiac Nurses work closely with Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Transplant teams, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, and Nutritionists.
Cardiac Nurse expert witnesses are required to address standards of care in a number of situations in medical malpractice litigation. The most common claims against Cardiac Nurses allege failing to recognize or report high-risk situations such as abnormal vital signs, abnormal cardiac monitoring, or bed sores occurring during prolonged hospitalization. Elite thrives on these tough situations and has an extensive record of success in complex Cardiac Nursing situations.