You want more opportunities, more advancement, a higher salary, and more personal fulfillment in your traveling medical career. So, what’s next for you in the field of cardiovascular health? You can make it happen! Here’s a to-do list of how you can increase your opportunities in your medical career.
5 Ways To Advance in a Competitive Field of Cardiovascular Professionals
No. 1: Become a mentor
Share your wealth of knowledge! Mentoring uses resources to improve both parties' skills, develop leadership roles, and create meaningful and lasting relationships among peers. As a mentor or a mentee, you get the opportunity to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in your career and recognize areas for developing those skills.
Helping others in your field reach their full potential is both rewarding to you and beneficial to your field. Becoming a cardiovascular mentor can also help you build your personal and professional network. And who knows, maybe you could use a little expertise from your very own mentor, as well.
"Mentorship programs can really be a good resource when it comes to clinical based questions," said Fusion's student outreach coordinator, Melanie. "Plus! It’s nice to meet other med professionals!"
No. 2: Check out scopes of practice
Doing some quick research online can give you access to an abundance of information. And you know what they say, the more you know!
The official scopes of practice are available for registered cardiovascular invasive specialists (RCIS) and registered cardiac electrophysiology specialists (RCES), plus guidelines for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Personnel in the cath lab are available from the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP). The ACVP caters specifically to cardiovascular technologists, registered nurses, and radiologic technologists in cardiac care.
When looking at ways to advance your career as a Cardiovascular healthcare professional, look for specialties that will continue to be on the rise in the next five years, like a cardiovascular technologist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for a cardiovascular technologist is expected to grow by 14 percent year over year. Overall, the Cardiovascular profession is boomin' and these heart experts are increasing in demand each year.
No. 3: Get involved with memberships
There’s no better way to educate yourself than by simply getting involved with other like-minded cardio professionals. One way to do so is through memberships! Memberships and subscriptions are a great way to network with other cardiovascular professionals. They may have tips and tricks to help you advance in your field, or to help you cope with the physical and mental fatigue that seems inevitable when you’re hard at work.
To get started, explore these memberships for cardiovascular professionals like yourself:
- American College of Cardiology
- Heart Rhythm Society
- Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)
- Association of Black Cardiologists
- Preventative Cardiovascular Nursing Association (PCNA)
No. 4: Expand your specialty focus
Are you in the right modality? Is there a whole other avenue in the cardiovascular field that you want to learn more about? See all the places you could go! From Cardiac Imaging to Cardiomyopathy, there are endless opportunities in this field, so do the research and find something that suits you and challenges you.
Fancy yourself something new? Take a peek at our list of traveling Cardiopulmonary specialties. As Cardio recruiter, Megan McQuillan, said, "The Cardiopulmonary field is an essential group in the travel industry" and you could become a cardio professional with Fusion Medical Staffing!
No. 5: Read more about cardiovascular care
There are many publications you can subscribe to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of cardiovascular care. A good rule of thumb is to read publications and professional research articles from the perspective of both a professional and a patient.
Check out a few of our favorites:
- Cardiovascular Research Journal
- Journal of the American College of Cardiology
- American Heart Association
- JAMA Cardiology
Some of our favorite good reads:
- Cardiovascular News: Machine learning predicts 10-year risk of death in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease
This article found that a patient's likelihood of suffering from a coronary artery disease can be accurately predicted using none other than artificial intelligence (AI).
"This is the first study to show that machine learning with clinical parameters plus stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) can very accurately predict the risk of death," said the study author, Theo Pezel from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
- Medical News Today: What causes heart palpitations, how common are they, and how do I know they are occurring?
We've all felt that pitter patter of our hearts beating in our chests. But, what does it mean when you feel your heart pound too hard, too fast, too slow, or irregularly? Find out in this Medical News Today good read!
"Heart palpitations are very common and typically harmless," the article explains. "People experience heart palpitations in different ways. A person may feel a heart palpitation in the neck, throat, or chest. They may also feel them in their ear if they are lying down."
- American College of Cardiology: Air pollution and the erosion of heart health
It's no secret that air pollution can cause health complications, but did you know that it has a direct impact on heart health? Find out more from this article.
"Air pollution, both ambient and household, is the fourth leading cause of death and disease worldwide," the article says. "Due to increased awareness of the harmful environmental and health effects caused by pollution, the Clean Air Act was introduced in the U.S. in 1970, which in conjunction with advancements in cleaner technology, has helped reduce pollution levels in the U.S. by 70 percent."
- Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Can small amounts of olive oil keep the death away?
Who knew that one of our most beloved cooking ingredients could actually improve heart health? Read more to learn how the consumption of olive could save a life.
"Olive oil is the cornerstone in the Mediterranean diet, which is also abundant in plant foods," the article reads. "The current study and previous studies have found that consumption of olive oil may have health benefits."
Working as a cardiovascular professional requires a specific skillset to help your patients overcome heart and cardiovascular issues. Working as a traveling medical professional allows you to work where you want while getting the most out of your cardiovascular profession. This career is expected to grow in demand and it also requires your own growth.
"It is pertinent to be prepared and proactive when considering professional travel," Megan said. "This could mean something as simple as making sure your resume is current, to checking the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), to making sure your credentials are up to date."
If you want to start a career as a traveling cardiovascular professional, the timing has never been better!