Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002

Responsibility & Opportunity.

Once we brought our authors together for the October issue, we were happily surprised by how these two themes resounded throughout their work.

Our authors this month share the results of their experiences after they took ownership of a problem and, utilizing their own ingenuity, filled a need in the cath lab. In our articles this month, this means managing your patients’ pain, addressing cardiovascular staff shortages with long-term thinking, and rearranging a management position to suit your own needs, while at the same time providing results of value to your facility.

Marsha Holton,



Short and Long-Term Strategies to Address Cardiovascular Staff Shortages

There has been an overabundance of studies on the healthcare staff shortage and its causes. Current trends in staff shortages are shown in Figures 1 and 2.

There are many other factors contributing to the cardiovascular staff shortage, including:

Aging of the population;

Aging of the workforce the average age of nurses is currently 44 years, with only 10% of the workforce under the age of 30;

A competitive hiring environment (e.g., wages, benefits, hours, etc.);

Increased opportunities outside of the hospital setting;

Managed care influences;

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Strategies for Pain Management in the Cath Lab

Are you ready for a non-data driven lecture? I think it is important to take a look at the topic of pain management from a different perspective, and review how we take care of our patients. You do need the hard data; I am not downplaying its importance. You need to be able to understand that doctors make decisions with their patients’ best interests in mind, rather than basing these decisions on which vendors bring the best bagels. The point I am making is that pain management in the cath