Mar 10, 2022

Registered Nurse (RN) – Cath Lab (Training Provided)

  • Virginia Mason Memorial
  • Yakima, WA, USA
General Nursing

Job Description

Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) is seeking a Registered Nurse who is interested in working in a Cath Lab that conducts cardiac, electrophysiology (device), and vascular (peripheral, AAA, renal, pelvic congestion, fistula) cases. We have two procedure rooms and five holding rooms. The Cath Lab also supports the occasional vascular case in YVM's surgical suites but this does not require RN assistance, at present. YVM maintains a 24/7 emergency response team that covers cases after normal working hours and on weekends. The schedule is made up of 4, 10-hour shifts (Monday-Friday) and a required call rotation.

All staff members at Yakima Valley Memorial must be in compliance with the Vaccination Policy, which includes the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine, by their first day of employment.


The RN completes individualized patient assessments; develops a care plan based on assessment/history findings; delivers patient-centered care that is culturally appropriate; evaluates a patient's response to care and revises as needed. The RN is accountable to deliver care as well as to oversee and delegate to other personnel (clinical & non-clinical) in delivering/supporting the delivery of care.

RN, Cardiac Cath Lab

Utilize the special equipment used on the unit. Note that the Cath Lab will train the RN on its use. Perform pre-procedural duties. Pre-procedure involves receiving, assessing, and preparing the patient for procedures. Preparation includes but is not limited to placing urinary catheters, preparing skin for access, placing EKG/treatment patches, administering medications (IV, PO), physical assessment, home medication history, physical history, lab review, and basic nursing care. Perform intraprocedural duties. Intraprocedure is primarily focused on maintaining patient safety and comfort. This involves but is not limited to the administration of ordered medication including pain and antianxiety medication, vasopressor drips and other continuous IV medication, heparin titration including frequent testing of blood with Point of Care (POC) device, occasional testing of blood for other values such as ABGs, assisting the Scrub Tech by obtaining needed consumable items (balloons, stents, etc.) from shelving, attending to patient personal needs, monitoring patient vital signs/EKG, and managing some intraoperative equipment such as Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP), Impella, and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS). Perform post procedural duties. Post procedure responsibilities involve pain management, assessing sheaths/sheath sites, patient education on discharge, discharge assessment, removing invasive items such as IVs and urinary catheters, and discharging patients to either home or to a hospital floor.Take part in the Cath Lab's Radiation Safety Program. Staff and patient safety are our primary concern. Towards this end, the Cath Lab has an aggressive Radiation Safety Program. Staff may experience exposure to x-rays as this is an inherent part of the job. That exposure, however, is mitigated by:

a. Wearable lead, leaded eyewear, radiation opaque gloves – Provided by the Cath Lab.

b. Installed and portable lead shielding in procedural areas

c. Constant monitoring of cumulative radiation exposure with regular public reporting of the results.

d. Radiation Safety education including how positioning can dramatically reduce staff exposure.


Education: Associate's degree in nursing required. BSN preferred.

Experience: One year of RN experience in a Cath Lab, Interventional Radiology, Emergency Department, or Intensive Care experience preferred; two years of RN experience in these areas preferred.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration: Washington State (DOH) Registered Nurse licensure required. American Heart Association BLS required.

Additional Certification for Cardiac Cath Lab RN: American Heart Association ACLS required.


Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) is a 256-bed acute-care, not-for-profit community hospital that has served Central Washington's Yakima Valley for 70 years. YVM also includes a multispecialty team of more than 300 physicians and 20+ primary care and specialty care locations. Specialty care services include cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs.

We offer a comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental, and vision coverage; plus we have a generous 401K plan (with an employer contribution!), competitive compensation, and a diverse workforce that is passionate about patient care. At YVM, we know the best care is provided by employees who are well-supported.

As the region’s leading health care provider and Yakima’s largest employer, we believe that by improving health, we will transform Yakima! Our vision at YVM is creating healthy communities one person at a time. With such an important goal, we work together to demonstrate our values of Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Stewardship, and Innovation for everyone who walks through our doors, patients and coworkers alike. We would love to hear from you!

“Yakima Valley Memorial provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals in order to perform the essential duties/requirements their job requires. The description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements and serves as merely a summary rather than a complete listing of duties. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as needs evolve. This job description does not constitute a contract as employment is at will.”