1. Satisfaction in being able to identify rhythms.
2. It will help you in nursing school
3. Looks great on a resume
4. Being able to identify subtle changes in the early stages and notifying the RN so interventions can be established.
1. Respiratory codes. Their rhythms will remain consistent and the only way you will know it was a resp. Code is if the nurse calls you or your charge nurse alerts you and tells you to print a strip. All ICU nurses carrier a pager and they get paged if a code happens.
2. Running a code strip during the time you need to print rhythms for your other 30+ pts can delay you a bit. Especially if the 2nd printer is broken.
3. Some patients rhythm will make your heart stop even if it doesn't make theirs!
4. Some rhythms are not textbook nor pretty, so always get a second pair of eyes to look at it if you are not sure what it could be.
5. PAPER, so much paper prints out lol. By the end of the shift, you feel like you need to go plant a couple of trees to make up for the amount of paper we go through.