I was just offered a position on a cardiac/telemetry floor! (YAY!) A little nervous though so I was wondering what are some tips yall have for working on this floor or any books you would recommend that I look into? Thanks!!
I work rotating day/evening shifts on a busy cardiac telemetry unit. Here are some of my recommendations:
1) Ask your nurse educator (first choice) or unit manager or preceptor if they can provide you with a list of common medications for the floor; then read up on them regarding contraindications, when you might hold the medication or otherwise question the provider, side effects, etc.
2) Get a head start on learning how to read EKG strips if you are rusty.
3) Ask your coworkers for blank copies of their "brain sheets" when you are in orientation. Adapt one to work the way you think things should flow.
4) Ask the rules for when to clock in/clock out, and during orientation, if there's a trend of people coming in early to look up their patients... consider doing so for a time.