Cardiovascular operating room nurses typically work during the day, Monday through Friday, most often 10 hour shifts, 4 days per week or 8 hour shifts, 5 days per week.

However, many cardiac surgeries are emergent and require nurses to be on call outside of pre-scheduled surgical hours. Due to the urgent nature of surgical intervention, nurses often take turns being on-call, in order to provide care at a moment's notice 24/7, 365 days a year.

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