SMC Nurse First in Mobile to Receive Electrophysiology Specialist Designation

January 4, 2013

SMC cardiac nurse and EP Lab supervisor Amie Lewis is the first nurse in Mobile to receive the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist designation.

“I have worked very hard to get to this point!” said Lewis, who found out the good news on Dec. 27. “This credential represents my fundamental knowledge in electrophysiology — from pre- and post-op care of patients to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This is something I have been thinking about for the past five years and have really wanted for about the past two years. I am so proud that I have finally accomplished this goal that I set for myself.”

Lewis has worked specifically in SMC’s EP Lab six of the seven years she has been employed in the hospital’s Cath Lab. In the EP Lab she manages the EP patient schedule, cares for patients, manages the data registry, operates all instrumentation, and assists with eliciting and defining the various abnormal heart rhythms. She is also taken on the responsibility of maintaining the Cath Lab education records for 20 employees.

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) administers the EP RCES examination to professionals who have at least two years of experience in the EP Lab or a baccalaureate degree with six months of experience in the EP Lab. Renewal is every three years and requires 36 cardiac continuing education credits.

A resident of Mobile, Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, all from the University of South Alabama.