Are you a cath lab nurse looking for adventure? Do you crave life on the road? Are you hoping to share your mad nursing skills with people from all over?

You’re definitely in the right place. Cath lab travel nurse positions are hotter than ever, and hospitals are looking for fearless nurses just like you.

In this post, we’ll cover the ins and outs of life as a cath lab travel nurse, such as:

  • What to expect
  • Where you can go
  • How much you’ll get paid; and
  • How soon you can apply



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Is It Possible to Be a Cath Lab Travel Nurse? 

Absolutely. Not only is it possible, but cath lab travel nurses are highly sought after! Positions are available all over the U.S. for qualified nurses.

Keep reading to learn what it takes to become a cath lab travel nurse. Who knows — you may already possess what it takes to apply to a cath lab travel nurse position today.


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What Does a Cath Lab Travel Nurse Do?

First things first, what does a cath lab travel nurse do, exactly?

Working solely with heart defects and disease, cath lab nurses are critical to cardiac care units.

Cardiac Cath Lab (CCL) nurses are specifically trained to perform distinct roles and assist doctors and the medical team with …

  • Diagnostic
  • Interventional; and
  • Therapeutic 

… procedures on patients with heart conditions. 

These procedures may include: 

  • Stent placements
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Angioplasties
  • Rotablation 
  • Cutting balloon
  • And more

Cath lab travel nurses are also responsible for:

  • Updating consent paperwork in the patient’s file
  • Pre-procedure patient prep, including sterilization and shaving the catheterization area
  • Monitoring patients before and after procedures to ensure no adverse reactions, infections, or side effects
  • Discharge paperwork, including instructions to patients about medications, dietary restrictions, and activities post-surgery
  • Keeping the patient’s chart updated with specific procedural information
  • All other duties as outlined by the cardiac care unit where the CCL nurse is working

Where Do Cath Lab Travel Nurses Typically Work? 

Cath lab travel nurses may be assigned to work in independent cardiac care centers and hospitals where catheterizations are performed.

Nurses working in cardiac care centers can expect to work 8-10 hour shifts, whereas hospital cath lab nurses can expect to work rotating 12-hour shifts typical of most hospitals.

How Long Are Cath Lab Travel Nurse Assignments? 

The average cath lab travel nurse assignment lasts for 13 weeks; however, shorter or longer contracts may be available. It’s common for cath lab nursing contracts to be extended. So if you’re happy in your new environment, you might get to stay a little longer.

With Trusted Nurse Staffing, travel assignments can range from as little as 6 weeks to 52 weeks — and both full-time and part-time positions are available.

The flexibility offered by Trusted Nurse Staffing gives new (and seasoned) cath lab travel nurses the opportunity to settle into a position or stay on the move.

For more information, or to speak to one of our helpful recruiters, contact us today.


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Are Cath Lab Travel Nurses in High Demand? 

Cath lab nurses are among the most specialized nurses. And as a result, the demand is extremely high. Additionally, the current nursing shortage has caused an increase in demand for specialized nursing positions, such as CCL nurses. 

Some factors contributing to the nursing shortage include:

  • An aging population
  • Fewer specialized nurses
  • Reduced enrollment in nursing programs
  • An increase in outside opportunities; and
  • A strained healthcare system

Now, more than ever, cath lab travel nurses are needed to fill the gaps in the healthcare system. 

What Are the Requirements to Become a Cath Lab Travel Nurse? 

Travel nurses wishing to apply for cath lab nursing positions must meet certain educational and experience requirements to be qualified to work in this position. 

Education Requirements

First, you must become a registered nurse (ADN or BSN) from an accredited nursing program. The NCLEX-RN exam must be passed by all candidates. 

Next, you’ll need to find a major cardiac hospital or trauma hospital in your area. It’s important to build relationships with cardiologists and intensivists to help with the transition to the cath lab.

Once you have your foot in the door, it’s easier to apply for available positions to begin earning experience.


On top of your RN degree, CCL nurses should have earned their Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications. 

Some hospitals may favor candidates who hold a Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification as well. This can be earned through the ANCC. To qualify, nurses must:

  • Hold a current RN license from any state
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of nursing experience as an RN
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 clinical practice hours within the last 3 years as a cardiac-vascular nurse
  • Have completed the 30 hours of CEU (continuing education units) for cardiac-vascular nursing in the last 3 years

After completing the course, nurses must also pass an exam that consists of 175 questions within the allotted time of 3.5 hours.

Additionally, cath lab nurses who have earned a CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification may be favored by some hospitals.

Depending on the facility, additional certifications and experience may be required.

How Much Do Cath Lab Travel Nurses Make? 

Cath lab travel nurses make an average of $110,541 annually. However, salaries vary depending on location and qualifications. 

At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we offer the highest salaries in the industry in addition to other benefits such as: 

  • Housing, meal, and travel stipends 
  • Medical, dental, and vision care
  • License, Certifications, and CEU reimbursements
  • And more

The Top Paying Cities in the Country for Cath Lab Travel Nurses 

The top-paying cities for cath lab travel nurses are:

  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Williston, ND
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Dickinson, ND
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Vacaville, CA
  • New York City, NY

If any of these locations appeal to you, speak to one of our recruiters at Trusted Nurse Staffing. 

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The Benefits of Becoming a Cath Lab Travel Nurse

Being a cath lab travel nurse comes with many perks. 

Here are a few reasons why travel nursing might be for you:

  1. You want to travel  
    • You have that itch to get out and see the country, but finding the time and money can be tough! As a cath lab travel nurse, you’re free to choose between locations and contract lengths. This allows you to see as many places as you want, with travel expenses and salary included.
  2. High earning potential  
    • Travel nurses average higher salaries than staff nurses due to increased demand. The shortage of nurses available, whether it’s seasonal or situational, has forced hospitals to incentivize travel nurses by offering attractive salaries.
  3. Benefits, bonuses, and more  
    • As a travel nurse, you’ll be privy to sign-on and completion bonuses, a 401k, medical insurances, stipends for travel, housing, food, and so much more.
  4. Flexibility and freedom  
    • Because of the higher salary and temporary postings, you’re free to take time off between assignments. Whether that’s to head to your home base for a while or take a vacation, you’re free to choose when and how you want to spend your time off.
  5. Pad your resume  
    • The experiences you’ll gain from travel nursing are invaluable. Not only will you gain exposure to a variety of healthcare settings, but you’ll gain skills along the way. With Trusted Nurse Staffing, all of your CEU, certifications, and licenses are reimbursed, which means unlimited opportunity for career growth at no expense to you.

Are There Any Downsides to Becoming a Cath Lab Travel Nurse?

We know travel nursing isn’t for everyone. But, you might still be curious and wonder what the downsides are. 

Here are a few things to consider before you pack your bags:

  1. Travel nurses may experience homesickness.
  2. Finding and making new friends may prove challenging.
  3. The travel logistics might get tiring.
  4. You may need multiple licenses to travel where you want.
  5. The best-paying positions may offer less than ideal shifts.

The best way to ensure happiness and contentment on the road as a travel nurse is to choose the right agency. The support you receive can make all the difference as to how much enjoyment you get from your experience.

How to Know if a Cath Lab Travel Nurse Job Is Right for You

If you’ve come this far and are convinced that the life of a cath lab travel nurse is for you, have a look at the skills and qualities we think every travel nurse must possess: 

  • You think fast on your feet.
  • You adapt well to high-stress situations.
  • You’re comfortable in new surroundings.
  • You’re approachable and friendly.
  • You show compassion and patience.
  • You are highly organized.

If this sounds like you, cath lab travel nursing might be right up your alley.

Start Your Next Nursing Adventure With Trusted Nurse Staffing: Learn More About Our Cath Lab Travel Nurse Jobs 

If your passion is caring for patients and their families during the most difficult time in their lives, then cath lab travel nursing may be the best place for you to be.

The best part? You don’t have to go it alone.

Trusted Nurse Staffing is dedicated to providing a supportive and understanding community for our nurses. We offer 24/7 support. So no matter the time or the question, someone will always be here for you.

There’s no better time to be a travel nurse, so why wait?

Our recruiters at Trusted Nurse Staffing are standing by, ready to help you live your dream. Call now. 


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