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  • October, 2002
    Volume 10
    Issue 10

    Denise McCutchan, RN, Fort Collins, Colorado

    At HCOR, we perform diagnostic and some therapeutic procedures, including: Cardiac and peripheral angiography;

    Dobutamine stress-echo (DSE);

    Transesophageal echo (TEE); and


    The lab itself is physically connected to the Heart and Vascular Clinic and is located about three miles from Poudre Valley Hospital. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. We are currently doing about 60-75 diagnostic cath and peripheral cases/month, and 15 procedures/month.

    Cath Lab Daily Operations

    The HCOR has

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   6,477 reads

    Carol Mackes, RN, Fort Collins, Colorado

    We agreed, as we were both part time, and thought the extra cash would be nice. I had expertise with the equipment side, including networked systems and the cath database. Denise knew the supplies and purchasing side inside out. Between the two of us, there was over 20 years of cath lab experience. After working on this project for a couple of months, we began taking ownership, and the thought of turning it over to someone else was not very appetizing. After much discussion, we put together a proposal to job-share the position. Our first proposal was turned down flat, with the reason given tha

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    Volume 10 - Issue 10 - October, 2002   |   4,595 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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    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   |   3,438 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   |   4,625 reads