Are you paid enough?

CVTs, RNs report higher wages in 2017

A national survey of cardiovascular professionals in Cath, EP and combo labs showed strong wage growth for Cardiovascular Technologists and Registered Nurses from 2015 to 2017.

National average hourly wages reported by CVTs and RNs grew significantly—from $30.81 to $33.16 and from $36.64 to $39.57, respectively—while average wages for Radiologic Technologists regressed from their 2015 highs—from $36.13 to $34.61—according to the 2017 CATH/IR/EP Wage Survey presented by SpringBoard Healthcare.

"While each licensure all had moderate wage growth between 2011 and 2013, in 2015 the trends of the different licensures diverged," reads the SpringBoard report. "RNs and CVTs actually decreased in 2015, while RTs had very strong growth (almost 6%); however, in 2017 that trend reversed as RNs and CVTs had extremely strong growth (almost 10%) while RT compensation decreased."

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Over the period SpringBoard has surveyed wage trends for Cath/IR/EP professionals—2011 to 2017—CVTs have shown the strongest wage growth "by a large margin" compared to RNs and RTs in the West, Northeast and South regions.

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Career ladders getting higher for nurses—what about allied health?

All cardiac care professionals could see more professional development, opportunity.

With the switch to value-based medicine, more nurses are becoming hospital CEOs reads an article published online today in Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.

Three hospitals in the six-hospital Memorial Healthcare System in Florida are now run by nurses—for RNs, it seems, the career ladder has grown longer, with more nurses climbing higher in healthcare management.

Beyond Florida, an August 2016 article in Becker's Hospital Review listed 33 nurses who transitioned to hospital CEOs.

Why are more hospitals tapping nurses to run the organization? Management competencies are changing, says Lamont Yoder, RN, of the American Organization of Nurse Executives to H&HN Magazine's Maggie Van Dyke.

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Has ACVP solved a critical issue facing European medical conferences?

Thanks to the recent adoption of a new code of ethical conduct by MedTech Europe, a group of industry associations doing business in Europe, the future of European cardiology conferences may soon be in jeopardy.

The reason? More barriers to attendance.

It’s not that these conferences suffer from a lack of interested medical professionals. It’s just that, while many MDs would very much like to attend, registering for a cardiology conference in Europe is not cheap—on the order of thousands of dollars per event.

Everybody, the attendees, the presenters, with the exception of a very limited number of senior professors, has to pay, and it is understood that the physicians will attend more than a few over the course of a year.

And, in the time honored tradition of using off-site attractions as a lure for good registration numbers, the meetings are held in “not cheap” locations across the Continent, further ballooning the cost of attendance.

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