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  • October, 2002
    Volume 10
    Issue 10

    Donna Myers, BS, RCIS, Director of the Geisinger School of Cardiovascular Technology, Danville, Pennsylvania

    Why and how did you become an educator?

    After many years of being a clinical preceptor and classroom instructor, I became the Director in February of 2001. I enjoy teaching because I can share my experiences from my career and teach the students the knowledge they need to be great CVT techs.

    How long has your program been in operation?

    Our program is CAAHEP-accredited and we are into our 11th class. Our program is a one-year program with the first four months in didactic work and the remaining 8 months in clinical hands-on work.

    Describe your program syllabus,

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   5,635 reads

    Michael E. Tangney, AIA, Senior Healthcare Designer
    HDR Architecture, Inc., Dallas, Texas

    One new heart center, The Wisconsin Heart Hospital, is bringing together new design options in a physical setting that will provide both total care and convenience for inpatients and outpatients. Facility completion is projected for January 2004.

    The center’s core physicians wanted a heart hospital that integrated the rapidly changing and less-invasive treatment options for heart disease patients. The heart center design will meet these objectives by placing patient spaces in locations of optimum convenience, creating a calm environment. The design will be enhanced by high-quality finishe

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   6,946 reads

    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,

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   1,426 reads

    Carolyn C. Weaver, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Consultant, John Goodman & Associates, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada

    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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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   4,278 reads

    Marsha Holton, BS, CCRN, RCIS, FSICP
    Staff Educator, Cardiac Cath Lab, Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland

    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

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   5,921 reads