As a new graduate, I am considering the thought of applying for a telemetry position. The job posting stated that they would consider a new graduate. Before I apply, I'm wondering if anyone can tell me exactly what the job duties of a telemetry nurse entail. I mean, would I have to sit all day and stare at monitors, or will I be utilizing my nursing skills to do patient care as well?
Jan 29, '11
I'm a new grad working in tele, and I am not ACLS certified nor am I required to be. I talked to my manager about my interest in becoming certified and she actually recommended that I wait a couple years until I have more experience so that it will all "click" better. We have a rapid response team and our floor utilizes them a lot, anyway, but if I wanted to be a part of that team then I believe I would definitely need the ACLS training. For now the only special training I'm required to have is the AACN telemetry course and exam, which is incorporated into my orientation. I work days and so far I'm finding the floor to be VERY busy, but I love it!
I should also note that my floor is soon going to be requiring that all newly hired nurses have at least a BSN, which I do have, but you should check to see if they require it where you're thinking of applying.
Last edit by SillyInScrubs on Jan 29, '11
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