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A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing

A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing

Brittney Wilson | The Nerdy Nurse

1mg of Versed and 200 joules later, another leap off the bed, grab the chest, and yellow from the patient and there it was on the monitor: Sinus rhythm 64.


Never in my life did I think I could call a heart rhythm beautiful, but no other words would be appropriate. Again relief, though naturally, with less people, less fan-fair, and in an almost expected manner. He once again laughed slightly, thanked us, and went to sleep.

I assessed the patient. Everything was as it should be and had I not witnessed it with my own eyes, I would have never guessed the events that had just occurred.

Even with all the leaping, and excitement, the sheath in the groin remain intact, soft, no bleeding, no hematoma. The patient was stable, pain free, and safe.

They did it. We did it, in whatever small way my warm body contributed to this affair.

A mans life was saved three times that day, and it was routine for them, second nature, a part of the the job. patient was alive, doing well, standards and protocols were followed, and it was just another day in the Cardiac Critical care unit, only this day, I was a part of it.

To describe the seamless response of the Cardiac Care Unit to a heart emergency is difficult. I can think of no better way to paint an image for you than of a beautifully choreography ballet of hands, minds, and instinct. The fact that saving lives is second nature to them is inspiring and humbling. I’m thankful these nurses exist and am thankful for the opportunities I have to learn from them.

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