A Day in the Life of a Cardiovascular Technologist

The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals produced a new feature on Cardiovascular Technology and the career of a Cardiovascular Technologist on the Health Professions Network website, hpnonline.org.

In the current health crisis, every one is reminded of the crucial importance and value of health care professionals and health careers. But shortages of professionals still affect many States, and some students who might be interested in health careers just aren't quite sure what to expect from the educational requirements to the day-to-day life of a professional.

To help address these issues and to raise the profile of the cardiovascular profession, we're participating in a Health Professions Network initiative designed to promote practical and personal perspectives on health education and work in non-physician careers.

Goals and Rewards of Being a Cardiovascular Technologist

Please note, the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals represents individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, but this feature focused on cardiovascular technology and the cardiovascular technologist as other HPN members will cover nursing and radiologic technology as pathways to health careers in a number of specialties.

The feature still has takeaways for radiologic technologists and registered nurses interested in particular cardiovascular work environments, and emphasizes the crucial importance of teamwork and diverse professional backgrounds in the cardiac care team.

We surveyed a number of professional and student ACVP members to compile our perspectives, and we thank all of the individuals who helped us create this resource for the next generation of cardiovascular professionals!

The resource is also far from set in stone, and we invite your feedback on how it might be improved in the future. And please, share this resource!

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Calling All Outstanding Cardiovascular Teams!

We'd like to hear from you! ACVP Blog - Highlighting Outstanding Cardiovascular Teams

Cardiovascular Professionals Week 2020 has come and gone, but one week isn't nearly enough time to celebrate all that cardiovascular professionals do for their teams, organizations, and patients throughout the year. Outstanding cardiovascular teams save lives, provide excellent care, and advance the field of cardiology year-round.

Of course, the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals exists year-round to highlight these outstanding cardiovascular teams! We've decided to extend the spirit of CVP Week and put faces and names to the wide community of cardiovascular professionals that make a difference, every day. Through our blog, we'll be highlighting different individuals and teams each month, sharing stories, insights and unique perspectives that make cardiovascular care such a diverse, effective and growing field.

Through these monthly features, ACVP will also be highlighting one of the essential benefits a professional association provides: the opportunity for peers to connect with, and learn from, one another and their experiences.

We know that informal “hallway conversations” are often as productive and enlightening as formal educational sessions, if not more so—and collaboration and discussion can promote outstanding cardiovascular teams. Here, we seek to recreate that experience – social learning – through informal and focused personal narratives from professionals across the spectrum of cardiovascular care.

Our discussions may touch on:

  • Organizational team-building practices
  • Quality initiatives
  • Personal successes, current projects, and lessons learned
  • What excites you about cardiovascular work
  • Ways your team has overcome common challenges
  • Great continuing education
  • Adapting to new technology and techniques
  • Effective mentorship

Ultimately, the focus is YOU and the incredibly important work you do every day.

Outstanding Cardiovascular Teams! Contact Kurt@acp-online.org

We would love you hear from you about any of the above and give you a chance to be featured! Maybe you have a story that you think would provide some insight for your professional peers—or maybe you'd like to brag on how awesome your teammates are and why it feels great going in to work every day.

Whatever the case, let us know! We'd love to highlight you.

Leave a comment, below, or reach out to kurt@acp-online.org!

Announcing the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals

Announcing our First Fellows of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals

As we celebrate Cardiovascular Professionals Week 2020, we are ecstatic to recognize a number of outstanding professionals as Fellows of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals. These individuals have a demonstrated commitment to staying at the cutting edge of quality care in their specialties, and we know them to go above and beyond the call of duty to impact quality care at their organizations.

Fellowship in the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals is a recognition of professionalism and leadership in cardiovascular service delivery for non-physician professionals, cardiovascular service line directors and administrators. In addition, ACVP Fellows form a community which facilitates communication and advancement in best practices across organizational and regional boundaries.

Thoughts on Fellowship from our Fellows

"Earning fellowship status as a member of ACVP is special to me not only personally but professionally as well," says Fellow Eric Kallstrom, MBA, ACS, RDCS, RCS, FASE, FACVP. "As a leader in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, obtaining the premiere status of Fellow allows me to further guide my staff with the trusted leadership that they need and be the person that they can go to regarding education, quality, and best noninvasive diagnostic practices."

"ACVP Fellowship is the ultimate recognition of professional achievement for cardiovascular technologists, registered nurses and radiologic technologists working in [cardiology]," says Fellow Christopher Steelman MS, RT(R)(CI), RCIS, FACVP. "This is a special honor for me as I have long admired many of the professionals with whom I will now share the distinction."

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Non-physician Cardiovascular Professionals are the Foundation of Quality Care

Cardiovascular Professionals Week 2020 Begins Feb 9!

Cardiovascular Professionals Week 2020 is next week, February 9-15! This year, the theme is Wholehearted Professionals, Wholehearted Care, in an effort to emphasize how the hard work and commitment of non-physician cardiovascular professionals produces excellent patient care—from patient advocacy to innovations impacting quality.

From the direct patient care to the work that goes on behind the scenes to bring new technological innovations, new perspectives, and improved team structures to cardiology: non-physician professionals are the foundation upon which quality care is built.

In recent years, there has been a push to improve the diversity of the cardiovascular workforce, as there have been direct links demonstrated between the diversity of care teams, and the quality of care—and even financial stability—of care-providing institutions. The ethos of teamwork and collaboration that defines cardiovascular work makes it an ideal platform for the improvement of diversity across the spectrum of care delivery.

As the need for, and accessibility of, cardiovascular care is expected to grow in the coming years and decades, the importance of multidisciplinary teams, diverse perspectives, and increased partnership between professionals is only going to become more pronounced. Non-physician cardiovascular professionals are the keystone that will ultimately bring cardiovascular care completely into the 21st century, as healthcare transitions from a “procedural” perspective to a more “programmatic” focus.

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