The Cardiovascular Workplace Of Cardiovascular Care Nurses And Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Nurses

1311 Words Oct 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Cardiovascular disease has long been the leading cause of death in the United States, and predicted to affect forty percent of our population by 2030 (Narang et al., 2016). Furthermore, research indicates that the cardiovascular workforce is inadequate to meet the rising demands of this patient population (Narang et al., 2016). In particular, a subset of cardiac care nurses, cardiac catheterization laboratory nurses are key members of this cardiovascular workforce. Although this nursing specialty only cares for patients during specific cardiovascular procedures, this short-term nursing interaction in no way diminishes the knowledge necessary to provide quality patient-centered care.
As a former cardiac catheterization laboratory nurse, it is important to assist nurses in gaining the ‘local knowledge’ necessary to become active members of this discourse community (Beuafort, 1999). According to Ann Beuafort (1999), nurses new to the cardiac catheterization laboratory must learn “a complex web of knowledge associated with the functioning of the discourse community” (p.193). This complex web of knowledge includes not only the community’s values and goals, but the communication processes derived from the goals (Beaufort, 1999). The cardiac catheterization laboratory discourse community’s primary goal is to provide quality patient care in a safe, professional, and efficient manner. Members of the discourse community of interest in this study, include interventional…

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