Michigan Heart Nurses
At Michigan Heart, we're proud of our dedicated Nursing team, and we want you to get to know them better. So feel free to meet some of the highly skilled nurses who help make Michigan Heart such a dynamic place.
Pacemaker Nurse Specialists
Follow up visits in the pacemaker clinic are performed by Pacemaker Nurse Specialists. A Pacemaker Nurse Specialist is a Registered Nurse with a strong cardiac background who has specialized training in electrophysiology. Many of the nurses have also taken the NASPE (North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology) exam which is an internationally recognized test of competence in the field of electrophysiology for the allied professional.
Testing Department Nurses
All nurses who work in the Testing Department at Michigan Heart, are Registered Nurses who have a strong cardiac background and are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. These nurses assist cardiologists in performing Transesophageal Echocardiograms (TEE). They also administer medications during stress tests to patients who are unable to walk on treadmills. The nurses are licensed in the state of Michigan and must maintain this licensure.
The Coumadin Clinic provides management of Coumadin therapy as well as education on medication and lifestyle. The Coumadin Clinic consists of a medical assistant and a registered nurse. A Coumadin Nurse is a Registered Nurse with a strong cardiac background who has specialized training in anti-coagulation therapy.
A Triage Nurse evaluates the patients situations and determines their needs over the phone. A Triage Nurse is a Registered Nurse with a strong cardiac background. The Triage Nurse is a patient advocate and a liaison between the patient and the cardiologist. The Triage nurse coordinates test/lab results, patient/family concerns, and patient education to ensure excellent patient care.
Michigan Heart Cardiology Technologists
Our staff of cardiology technologists at Michigan Heart are extensively trained to deliver the highest level of quality care and patient satisfaction. All technologists are licensed by the State of Michigan and are accredited.
Nuclear Cardiology Technologists
All nuclear cardiology technologists employed at Michigan Heart have attended an accredited school specializing in the degree of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Upon completion of the program each technologist must complete an internship consisting of at least 2000 hours of hands-on training at a medical facility accredited to be a teaching institution. To be considered to practice as a technologist, they must then pass a nationally written exam offered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and/or The American Society of Radiology Technologists (ASRT). Michigan Heart strictly adheres to the conditions of the technologist license that a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education in nuclear cardiology be obtained every 2 years.
Exercise Physiologists at Michigan Heart are responsible for performing cardiac stress tests under the direction of a cardiologist. The Exercise Physiologists ensure that established protocols are followed. They monitor blood pressures, heart rates, 12 lead ECG patterns, and patient safety during the tests.
Each of our Exercise Physiologists has earned his or her Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, and has completed an internship in Clinical Stress Testing. Our Exercise Physiologists are required to earn their Clinical Exercise Specialists Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). To maintain this certification, each Exercise Physiologist must acquire 20 continuing education units each year.
Other certifications that must be maintained include Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), both of which are offered through the American Heart Association.
At Michigan Heart, we employ highly skilled experienced Registered Cardiovascular Technologists. Our technologists must pass specialized exams in either cardiac ultrasound with specialization in adult or pediatric echo, or vascular ultrasound, through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or through Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Requiring these credentials ensures that our technologists possess the skills and education needed to perform quality studies. To maintain credentials, the technologists must acquire a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years.