Hi all- Just got hired for an 8 week orientation in Telemetry - not sure what to expect. I've heard MONITOR THE PATIENT, not the monitor. Anything else I should know?
Also, they mentioned sending me to an EKG course, but not ACLS. Would I be out of line to ask to get my ACLS while working in the Telemetry unit? Thanks for any comments.
Aug 10, '02
No, you wouldn't be out of line to ask......although, they may or may not provide the course to you. My hospital paid for my ACLS course but not all do. Also, until recently, ACLS was required for my tele unit....now it's not. I'm glad I got it taken care of before I started on the floor.
It concerns me that it wouldn't be required on a CARDIAC floor. I'd want my nurse to be certified if I was a heart patient. Anyway...doesn't hurt to ask....and you'll learn some great stuff.
And, it's true....monitor the patient. I've seen a pt. in v-tach (long runs in a row BTW) that was sitting up in bed looking around at all the activity going on around her. She was transferred to ICU.....but, goes to show that each patient can tolerate an arrythmia differently. Others may have passed out. Many can have runs of SVT and not be symptomatic at all.....so don't expect to fire up the 'ol defib and shock as soon as you get into the room! Some of these patients have already experienced these arrythmias at home and just didn't have a clue that it was happening until they got hooked up to monitors at the hospital and someone told them what was going on. It's amazing what the body gets used to sometimes.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Aug 10, '02