UC Davis TAVR Nurse Coordinator Janine Carlson, RN, BSN

Janine Carlson earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento in 1983 and has maintained her registered nurse license with the state of California since that time.
She started working as a cardiovascular clinical research nurse at UC Davis in 2006 and focused on coordinating in-patient cardiovascular device and drug clinical trials.  The clinical trials she coordinated ranged from pharmaceutical studies for acute coronary syndrome, coronary and peripheral stent studies, to novel diagnostic devices for detection of heart attacks.  She has also actively participated in UC Davis investigator led protocol development, coordination and publishing.

Prior to coming to UC Davis Carlson worked in numerous positions within cardiovascular medicine in the in-patient setting as well as in the out-patient clinic setting.  Her experience includes working as a staff nurse in critical care and in the cardiac and peripheral diagnostics catheterization lab.   As a nurse in a general cardiology practice, Carlson was responsible for congestive heart failure management, anti-coagulation management, hyperlipidemia diet counseling and directed the pacemaker clinic.  Additionally, she has been the nurse manager of a large internal medicine clinic.  In the 6 years prior to coming to UC Davis Carlson coordinated pharmaceutical clinical trials for a large cardiology practice. 

Carlson brings her experience in cardiovascular medicine, clinical trial coordination and management to her role of TAVR nurse coordinator.  She is an integral part of the TAVR team and a focal point of communication between the multi-disciplinary team members involved in the care of TAVR patients. She is the point of contact for patients and their families from the time of referral for work-up of their severe aortic stenosis, through screening, the TAVR procedure and in follow-up.  Carlson is a valuable resource to patients, families, nursing staff, residents and faculty and is actively involved in conducting TAVR team meetings and education. 

Carlson holds certifications in the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).