Career Profile: Cardiovascular Technician
Kely Metroka, 24 Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk VA Cardiovascular Technician
Dept. of Labor, Career Voyages, In Demand: Careers in Health Care
What do you do every day?
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Salary: $29,900 - $55,670
Min. Education: Associate's, Bachelor's
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We do cardiac catheterization on individuals who come in and possibly have heart disease. At Sentara, cardiovascular technicians work in three different roles with the cardiologists. We pass sterile equipment and help them do the procedure. We monitor and chart the vital signs and the hemodynamics (blood circulation). We also hand off sterile equipment and give medication under the doctor’s orders.
What training did you do for your job?
My program was 18 months, but they’ve shortened it to 12 months. It’s a little bit different than going to a university, where you pick your classes. It’s all structured for you. You do classroom work and get hands-on experience.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the people I work with. I also love the challenge. Every patient is different. Every case is different. Every case is different. Everybody reacts differently to medications. Everybody’s anatomy is different.
What kind of personality types do best in this job?
I think you definitely have to be outgoing. You have to be able to communicate well, because sometimes things have to be quick on your feet. I used to waitress and it reminds me of that. You have to be able to multi-task and do everything.