As part of Cardiovascular Professionals Week, we wanted to highlight some publications, resources, FAQs, and ways to make the most of your career in this field.
Reasons you’re totally cut out for working in cardiovascular health.
You like people.
This job is built on meeting new people and being part of a team. Forming friendships with your coworkers and bonds with your patients makes you ultimately happy and being a part of something together will ultimately make you successful.
You’re a problem-solver.
Different patients come in with different problems, obviously. Some are serious heart complications while others may be a routine check-up. You have to find the heart of the issue (pun intended)… and that’s where your problem-solving skills come in.
You like being heard.
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, it’s up to you and your team to work together and diagnose what’s going on. Your work matters and communication is key. Listening and being heard are vital to doing a great job.
You like opportunity.
Hey, cardiovascular technology has jobs aplenty! Because heart disease is such an increasing risk to our health as a society, this field has a consistent need for professionals to help out. If you value being needed and a stable job prospect, this is a great field for you.
You like to learn more.
So, you’re a cardiovascular tech and you love it, but you want more of a challenge, while staying in your field. There are several areas of cardiovascular technology that techs can learn about and get into. Just do the research to find something challenging and fulfilling that fits you.
You like to travel.
Just like there are several opportunities in the field of cardiovascular technology, there are also ways for you to take this show on the road. Traveling as a healthcare professional allows you to explore and work in 13 week increments (or more, if you extend your contract!) It allows you to gain experience, try different locations, and find out what really works for your lifestyle.
Ways to advance in the field of cardiovascular professionals.
So, what’s next for you in the field of cardiovascular health? You want more opportunities, more advancement, a higher salary, and more personal fulfillment? You can make it happen! Here’s a to-do list of how you can be a rockstar (even more than you already are) in your field:
Become a mentor!
Share your wealth of knowledge! 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.
Check out scopes of practice!
Doing some quick research online can give you access to a wealth of information. The official scopes of practice are available for RCIS/RCES professionals, plus guidelines for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Personnel in the cath lab are available at ACVP online. The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals caters specifically to cardiovascular technologists, registered nurses, and radiologic technologists in cardiac care.
There’s no better way to educate yourself than by simply getting involved. Memberships 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.
Expand your horizons!
Are you in the right modality? Is there a whole other avenue in the cardiovascular field that you want to learn more about? See where you can go. There are endless opportunities in this field, so do the research and find something that suits you and challenges you.
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 both the perspective of a professional and a patient. Here’s our 2019 list of publications to add to your reading list:
- CV Directions
- Heart Insight
- Harvard Health Publishing and HEALTHbeat newsletter
- The Heart Foundation publication
Additionally, we caught up with one of Fusion’s own to bring some cardiovascular professional advice to the table. Here’s some words from Chase Ricardo, ARRT, on how he ended up in this field:
"I am an ARRT, which stands for radiologic technologist. Most of the people with ARRT don’t work in the cardiac setting. After a few years of doing diagnostic X-rays, mainly for ER, I felt like I wasn’t helping people as much as I would like. I was helping diagnose people, but nothing that would actually fix them. I knew that my background would allow me to cross train into the Cath Lab.
In the Cath Lab, we can truly help our patients. People come to us in the worst moments of their life (while having a heart attack) they are pale and sweating, scared and hurting. Then after 30 minutes on our table their chest pain is gone, they are gaining their color back and on the road to feeling better."
We also have a heart-themed CVP Week Playlist for you on Spotify! Follow us there and jam out to monthly playlists we carefully curate for your enjoyment. Happy CVP Week! We heart you!