CVICU nurses need an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and a license to practice nursing in the state they wish to work in. Once these requirements are met, here’s what to do next:
- CVICU nurses must maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications. If you are a pediatric CVICU nurse, you will need Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
- Once you have experience working as a CVICU nurse, you can study for and obtain a Critical Care RN Certification, or CCRN.
- You can also consider additional cardiac nursing certifications, such as the Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC) or Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC).