The anticoagulation clinic is part of the Center for Advanced Heart Care at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Hospital South and Community Hospital East. Both 8- and 10-hour day shifts are available Monday through Friday (no weekends or holidays).
Nurses in the anticoagulation clinic should be detail-oriented, have excellent communication skills, and have a desire to teach patients and families.
Patients at the anticoagulation clinic are both cardiovascular and pulmonary patients. They may be recovering from a variety of conditions/procedures, such as atrial fibrillation (AF or a-fib), mechanical valve replacement, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or pulmonary embolism (PE). Anticoagulation clinic nurses may perform INR point-of-care testing, educate patients and families about anticoagulant medications, and recommend dose changes based upon INR results following a standardized protocol. Learn more about the anticoagulation clinic >>
Special equipment used in the anticoagulation clinic includes Coagucheck.
Highlights of working in this area include scheduling flexibility and enjoyable interaction with patients. Nurses in the anticoagulation clinic have the opportunity to develop relationships with patients and families over time. They also enjoy the synergy among staff and the emphasis on shared problem solving.