RN - Cardiac Imaging, Santa Monica

  • UCLA Health
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Nov 24, 2022
Full Time Medical Imaging Nursing

Job Description


n this role, you will work independently and interdependently to provide care to the patients served. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • performing Cardiac stress tests with other qualified personnel under standardized procedure within the site.  These tests to include Echo Stress Treadmill, Stress Echo with Contrast and Stress Routine Treadmill.  
  • utilizing specialized knowledge and skills for patient care, supervision, evaluation, and teaching; may act as a resource person within the Cardiac Stress lab. 
  • utilizing experience, in-depth knowledge and an intuitive grasp of the patient’s condition to efficiently focus on the most significant patient problems, identify and document subtle changes in the patient’s condition and effectively modify and document changes in nursing care and/or the plan of care to address complex patient care problems. T
  • collaborating with medical staff in managing pre-emergent and emergent patient care situations such as terminating a stress test when patient is in distress.


  • Bachelor’s in Nursing with a minimum of 2 years or greater experience in an acute care unit and at least 6 months cardiology experience required.    
  • CA RN License
  • ACLS from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • BCLS from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • Initiate and direct interventions in accordance with ACLS guidelines for patients with or without physician present under the following circumstances: life threatening or symptomatic dysrhythmias, symptomatic hypotension, and acute chest pain and provide preliminary test results
  • Supervise and perform exercise and pharmacological cardiac stress testing in the absence of a physician.
  • Identify high-risk patients and alert the supervising physician
  • Knowledge of appropriate indications for exercise testing             
  • Knowledge of alternative physiological cardiovascular tests
  • Knowledge of appropriate contraindications, risks, and risk assessment of testing          
  • Knowledge to promptly recognize and treat complications of exercise testing Competence in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and successful completion of an AHA- sponsored course in advanced cardiovascular life support and renewal on a regular basis           
  • Knowledge of various exercise protocols and indications for each

  • Knowledge of basic cardiovascular and exercise physiology, including hemodynamic response
  • Knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and the ability to recognize
  • Knowledge of cardiovascular drugs and how they can affect exercise performance, hemodynamics, and the ECG
  • Knowledge of principles and details of exercise testing, including proper lead placement and skin preparation
  • Knowledge of electrocardiography and changes in the ECG that may result from exercise, hyperventilation, ischemia, hypertrophy, conduction disorders, electrolyte disturbances, and drugs
  • Knowledge of conditions and circumstances that can cause false-positive, indeterminate, or false-negative test results 
  • Knowledge of alternative or supplementary diagnostic procedures to exercise testing and when they should be used responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of this equipment and for ensuring that all devices are properly calibrated to be able to collect valid and reliable data.
  • Ability to perform patient care in an appropriate fashion, depicting all protocols consistent with appropriate diagnostic requirements.
  • Ability to provide timely information to the physicians (both referring and reading).
  • Ability to depict lethal diagnostic information that should be considered emergent and communicate with the appropriate entities.
  • Ability to push heavy equipment to do portable studies.
  • Ability to adhere to infection control initiatives as they pertain to the use of all equipment. 
  • Ability to adhere to policies and standardized procedures that govern practice.
  • Ability to utilize computer applications to review information consistent and necessary for providing continuity of care (Epic, Syngo).
  • Ability to work under considerable pressure and in the modification of ongoing patient care assignment.
  • Ability to work as a team, taking and giving direction to other team members as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of consent process

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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