Quote from ChaseZ
We handle situations like this, usually when nurses are pulled from other floors, pretty much the same way. The Tele nurses are each assigned one of the pulled nurses patients and must sign off on the strips and keep an eye their monitors. It may not be ideal for either nurse but it really is the best thing you can do in the given situation. Just my opinion, regardless of your speciality you need to have a very good understanding of basic cardiac rhythms. In my experience as a monitor tech we have more codes on med/surg floors than on cardiac. Nothing is more frustrating than calling a med/surg nurse and telling them their patient is in ventricular escape in the 30s and them having to first ask what that means and then ask what they should do about it.
The nurse asking a telemetry tech what to do should never happen.
That unit sounds like a mess.
You could go a long way towards resolving that unsafe situation.
Make yourself aware of the nurses that you know are not trained in telemetry.
Any rhythms that require attention , notify the charge nurse and the patients' nurse at the same time.
There is no excuse for a delay when an unstable patient needs an intervention.
I bet management will appreciate your proactive measures