The Cardiac Sciences Program employees and physicians represent in total, about 800 years of service / experience. Are you looking to become part of our multidisciplinary team? Learn more about the varied opportunities we offer by checking out each area below:

Cardiovascular nurses in advanced nursing roles such as Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Cardiac Sciences Program play a pivotal role in providing safe, evidence-based and client-centered care to patients with compromised cardiovascular health, as well as promoting cardiovascular health of the community. They assist other nurses and care providers to work to their full scopes of practice.

Cardiovascular Perfusionists are specially trained health care professionals responsible for the safe operation of the heart-lung machine when patients are undergoing open heart surgery. As part of the cardiac surgery team, the Perfusionist works closely with the Cardiac Surgeon, Anaesthetist and nurses. Additionally, Perfusionists are involved when patients require short or long term circulatory support devices in Intensive Care or in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

Nurses who work as coordinators in the Access Office manage the waitlists and schedule patients for cardiac surgery and for cardiac catheterization. They work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide safe and timely access for cardiac patients.

Our Outpatient Cardiac Clinics are multidisciplinary, patient-centered clinics located in both the Bergen Cardiac Center and I.H. Asper Institute. We are a collaborative team consisting of Physicians, Nurse Pracitioners, Nurses and clerical support. Our clinics include many areas of specialty including Cardiac Surgery (pre-operative assessment and post-discharge care), Heart Failure, Lipid Clinic, Anticoagulation, Cardiac Pre-procedure preparation and General Cardiology.

Patients who have an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) require electrophysiology investigations to test the electrical activity of the heart. Such patients may need medicaiton, or a specialized procedure to implant a pacemaker or ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator), cardiac ablation or cardiac surgery. Highly trained physicians and nurses work in the Cardiac Special Procedures area.

Located on the 4th floor of the I.H. Asper Institute, the CSUI is a 33 bed telemetry monitored inpatient unit that cares primarily for patients after their intensive care stay following heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve repair or replacement, thoracic aortic aneurysm repair and ventricular assist device implantation.

Cardiac patients who need to be in hospital, but who haven't had surgery, will be cared for on A5, the Cardiology Inpatient Unit, or if they are very sick, on ACCU, the Acute Cardiac Care Unit. The teams who look after these patients include Cardiologists, Cardiovascular Nurses, allied health professionals (such as Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, etc.) and health care aides. Nurses working in ACCU must have passed the Winnipeg Critical Care Nursing Educaiton Program (WCCNEP) course.

Clinical and Physician Assistants function as physician extenders within the Cardiac Sciences Program and act as in-house medical staff providing expert, high-level care to cardiac patients. CAs and PAs work alongside Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiologists to assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment. These careers offer a very fulfilling role within the health care system.

The Cardiac Sciences Program has five Continuing Education Instructors (CEIs), nurses who act as a clinical education resource for nursing unit personnel and ensure that the clinical education needs of members of the patient care team are met. Each has their own primary area of responsibility within the Program but also work together as a team. Teaching responsibilities also extend to hospital wide initiatives (e.g., orientation, BLS, ACLS) and a variety of other initiatives, meetings and committees.

An echocardiogram (or cardiac sonogram) is a diagnostic ultrasound that evaluates the structure and function of the heart. Echocardiograms help the healthcare team make decisions regarding the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with any suspected or known heart disease. The echo team is comprised of Cardiac Sonographers (or Echosonographers), Cardiologists, Nurses and support staff. We provide diagnostic testing to over 200 patients a week.

Patients who may have narrowing of the arteries or other cardiac abnormalities may need cardiac catheterization. With diagnostic imaging equipment, the Cardiologists and Cath Lab Nurses who work here can visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart and in many cases, treat the problems found. These professionals know that every single day they make a difference in someone's life. They mend broken hearts.

Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery is a 14 bed unit specializing in caring for patients immediately after cardiac surgery, We are located in a state of the art facility on CR5 in the I.H. Asper Institute. Nurses working in ICCS must have passed the Winnipeg Critical Care Nursing Education Program (WCCNEP) course.

Our Non-Invasive Cardiac Dianostics (NICD) Department is a team of Cardiology Technologists that perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), Stress Testing, Holter Monitoring and other non-invasive cardiac tests to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of heart disease. We often travel throughout the hospital to provide bedside heart testing to help diagnose cardiac abnormalities.

The Pacemaker Clinic is a nurse-run clinic. We provide follow-up care for patients who have a pacemaker, implanted cardioverter defibrillator or a cardiac resynchronization device. We assess not only the patient, but the device and how well it is working. These assessments occur periodically and information about the device can even be transmitted to us from the patient's home.

We are a 19 bed unit providing short term care for patients before and after cardiac procedures, including patients who require coronary angiograms, angioplasities and specialized procedures.

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