The Growing Appeal Of Vascular Nursing

February 24, 2015

Gap Medics students getting excited for their hospital placements!Vascular nursing involves working with the elderly. Vascular nurses undergo specialised, on-the-job training that qualifies them to take care of older people who may be suffering from a wide range of chronic ailments such as carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, leaky leg veins or abdominal aneurysms. These professionals often make regular house calls to treat their patients and help them manage their symptoms. This allows the patient to receive quality care without having to leave the comfort of their home.



With the increasing age of the patient population there is a huge demand for experienced vascular nurses, who are skilled at managing chronic conditions seen in the elderly. The tremendous job potential is just one of many factors that contribute to the growing appeal of this specialty. Here are a three other compelling reasons why you should consider pursuing a career in vascular nursing, particularly if you like working with elderly patients.

  • You Can Make A Difference To Your Patients’ Quality Of Life

As a vascular nurse, you can make a difference to your patients’ quality of life. Several of your patients may suffer from chronic disorders that affect different parts of their body. Some may have mobility restrictions while others may suffer from arthritis, swellings or oedema. Your goal as a vascular nurse would be to help your patients overcome their limitations and manage basic life functions on their own. Providing home care to the elderly means they do not have to incur the huge expenses of hospital care, making healthcare more easily affordable and accessible to those who need it most.

Education and prevention also play key roles in improving quality of life. By educating the elderly about the benefits of lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet, vascular nurses help prevent other associated health complications such as peripheral arterial disease, strokes and heart attacks.

Education, prevention and timely care can together help prevent premature strokes, limb amputation and even death. It can be very satisfying knowing that what you are doing is enabling patients to live a better and healthier life while helping to prevent other life-threatening complications.

  • You Won’t Need A Very Advanced Degree

If you are not particularly excited about spending additional years doing advanced nursing training, vascular nursing is a great option. Most of the learning is done on the job. However it is necessary to first have a Registered Nurse degree to be able to qualify. You will also need a lot of supervised experience before you can work independently in this role but usually this means you will be earning while receive your training so you do not have the additional stress of worrying about paying for advanced training.

  • You Can Choose In A Variety Of Workplace Settings

As a vascular nurse, there are several workplace options that you can choose from. You can work in a hospital or private clinic. You could also work independently, making house calls while either working exclusively with one patient or with several different patients during the course of the day.