Cardiac nurse practitioner

Nurse and patient in Cardiac Intensive Care UnitThe cardiac nurse practitioner works as a competent and autonomous practitioner, who has gained and can apply specialist cardiac knowledge. 

Responsibilities include assessment of patients prior to cardiac surgery and cardiology intervention, such as: history taking, physical examination, ordering and interpreting investigations, taking informed consent for procedures, and using specific patient group directions. The role is exciting and challenging with current developments including nurse led discharge, nurse prescribing and nurse led followup clinics.