Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services are conducted through 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 cardiac rehab should have a passion for cardiac health. Nurses in cardiac rehab work with a mix of experienced staff including RNs, exercise specialists and technicians to treat cardiovascular patients.
Cardiac rehab patients may be recovering from a variety of conditions/procedures, such as MI (myocardial infarction; heart attack), stent placement, coronary artery bypass (CABG), valve repair/replacement and stable angina. Cardiac rehab nurses may monitor Phase II cardiac rehab patients during prescribed exercise sessions, educate patients about cardiac disease and risk factor modification, and communicate with referring physicians about patients’ progress. Learn more about the cardiac rehabilitation program >>
Equipment used in cardiac rehabilitation includes treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights and weight machines.
Highlights of working in this area include scheduling flexibility and enjoyable interaction with patients.