Keys to Success:  The Benefits of Training

If you’ve been following our blog over the last few weeks, this is #4 in our series on EP education.  See our previous blogs for a detailed description of this ground-breaking training. Today we’re sharing keys to success from Duke University Heart Hospital’s training.

Duke University Heart Hospital’s EP lab leadership believes that having the right combination of training resources made a big difference in the overall experience and results they were able to achieve.

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Achieving Results with Electrophysiology Education

If you’ve been following our blog over the last couple of weeks, this is #3 in our series on EP education.  See our previous blogs for a detailed description of this ground-breaking training. Today we’re sharing results from Duke University Heart Hospital’s training.

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10 Tips for Recharging Your Batteries

As we wrap up our Heart Month celebration, we want to once again say “thanks” to all the EP and Cath lab professionals who take such great care of patients.  We also want to thank those who participated in our Heart Month drawing and shared tips for recharging your  batteries.  You offered so many good tips that it made it hard to choose the top 10 tips for this blog.  But we’ll share our favorites below.  If after reading this you have more tips to offer, please feel free to share them in the comments field at the end of this blog.  We would love to hear from you.  Here’s the blog.

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A New Approach to Electrophysiology Education

This is the second blog in a series of five that outlines a ground-breaking EP training that was developed and implemented at Duke University Heart Hospital. The blog will be published each Friday.  Don’t miss it!  Subscribe now!

With a passion for continuous improvement and delivering high-quality care, hospital leaders at Duke University Heart Hospital decided to put more resources behind this important service area and place a greater focus on enhancing the expertise of their electrophysiology (EP) staff.

In January 2015, Duke collaborated with us to develop an EP training program. Using our combined strengths, we developed a comprehensive EP curriculum designed to prepare allied professionals for the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) exam.  Leveraging mobile and web technologies, the training provided convenient continuing education tools for EP lab workers and addressed the problems facing many EP labs today. Learn how training can improve your lab here.

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Celebrating EP and Cath Lab Professionals During Heart Month

February is Heart Month!  Happy Heart Month! 

You take great care of patients.  In fact, you take care of a lot of patients.  According to the CDC, anywhere from 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the U.S. are affected by atrial fibrillation. In taking care of so many patients, sometimes that leaves little time to take care of you.  

To celebrate heart month and all the great EP and Cath lab professionals out there we’re holding a drawing for a free Fitbit Alta.  Enter here.  To enter simply share your #1 tip for “taking care of you.” Tell us how you turn to exercise, a hobby, or playing with your kids to recharge your batteries. 

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Understanding the High Demand for EP Lab Professionals

This is the first blog in a series of five that outlines a ground-breaking EP training that was developed and implemented at Duke University Heart Hospital.The blog will be published each Friday.  Don’t miss it!  Subscribe now to receive our blog via email!

Electrophysiology (EP) is a rapidly growing segment within the healthcare industry.  In fact, approximately 2.8 million people are affected by atrial fibrillation in the US and this number is expected to double by 2050 according to JAMA.

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Happy New Year:  2017 Looks Bright for Allied Health and Other Healthcare Professionals

It’s the new year which signals a time for reevaluation and fresh starts.  At the beginning of the new year many workers across the nation take stock of their job, wages and overall satisfaction.  It’s also a time when many people consider taking steps towards advancement in their careers whether that means taking additional classes to increase knowledge or working towards an industry certification. 

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Tell Us Your Story!

We at SpringBoard Healthcare are very interested in how people enter into Cardiovascular Medicine.
We asked one of our current travelers, Jim, to share his story with us.
Like many people in medicine, Jim’s early training came from the military. He was first involved in respiratory therapy, and then opted to start a military - 2 year course in cardiovascular medicine. Jim was Valedictorian of his class. The Commander, who was also the Department Chair and Director of Cardiology, handpicked Jim to be trained in Pediatric Cath. Jim loved working with children and stayed in Pediatric Cath for four years. During this time, he started learn Pediatric EP cases. He observed at first, then scrubbed cases, then learned how to Pace and Record. Jim participated in Pediatric EP cases for 18 months.
After leaving the military, Jim worked at a Georgia facility, where he learned to Map. He started pushing buttons like he was told by the Reps. The Reps saw that he showed interest, so they used their company’s educational funds to send Jim to be trained in mapping.
These days, Jim is traveling to fun destinations, bringing his knowledge of Cardiovascular Medicine to different labs around the country. Mapping is changing so fast into high voltage mapping, the merging of CAT scans and regular mapping as “side by side” tools in EP.
Jim says that many things have changed in Cardiovascular Medicine over the years, but what has not changed is his desire to always learn the next new procedure.
Jim’s advice for anyone starting out in Cardiovascular Medicine as a Tech: Always try to anticipate the next move of the Doctor, it will help you become more valuable in the lab.
We, at SpringBoard Healthcare thank Jim for his story, any errors in clinical statements in this article are due to the Author of this article!
We want to hear your story of getting into Cardiovascular Medicine! Please tell us in the comments!

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RCES – Can ‘WE’ Raise the Bar Even Higher?

Joe Giron, RN, RT, RCIS, RCES, CEPS, FSICP, Co-Founder of the CEPT Program at Loma Linda University, Director of Clinical Education for
SpringBoard Healthcare
Gavin Hays, CEO of SpringBoard Healthcare. www.springboardhealthcare.com

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25 Top Gifts to Buy a Nurse for Christmas

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