Also, every time the alarms sound on the monitors, ask someone what it is for. Most often, it will be nothing but artifact, but that is important to be able to recognize, too. Run stsrips of anything you see that doesn't look like the usual normal sinus rhythm, and ask a fellow nurse or a friendly doc what it is that you see that doesn't look quite right. Be sure that you know the vascularization of the heart very well, as well as its' electrical conduction system. Without them, you won't understand very much. Get into an EKG class ASAP. You can get books, etc., but if you are at all like I am, you need some to "esssplain" things-the whys and wherefores of what is happening. Take care, stsudy hard, and remember-"do not nurse the monitor, check the patient" if something looks funny. A person could have an excellent rhythm, and no pulse!