Yoohoo..calling all cardiac nurses!

  1. New grad here! will be starting on cariac/telemetry floor soon any advice, tips, words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   wendypants
    The most important thing to learn is

    "if you don't know - ask!"

    Smile, be warm and friendly,conscientious, trustworhty and reliable - your colleagues will then look after you and your patients will love you! xx
  4. by   wendypants
    Ooh and I forgot to say take some cakes and make the drinks!!

    Good luck!
  5. by   ~FloridaCCRN~
    Originally posted by wendypants
    Ooh and I forgot to say take some cakes and make the drinks!!

    Good luck!
    :roll I'll keep that in mind!
  6. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Great running shoes, and first thing when you do each time you hit the floor, Know where the crash carts are and make sure thier charged..... Other than that You will love every minute of it , I miss being on the floor with my heart patients I miss it daily because I liked seeing their progress post cabg , and seeing how well thier doing and even working with the ones that go sour they are wonderful people you may every now and then get a sour grape, but its not often or you pray it isnt.... and yes the old saying is true The sh** happens in 3's
    good luck
    zoe
  7. by   New2CVICU
    Congratulations New Nurse.

    Remember that you are part of a team.

    Utilize your resources whether they be books, modules, manuals, preceptors, mentors, etc. Study what you don't understand and ask questions until you do.

    I will tell you what my preceptor told me and has never left me to this day:

    When it comes to your patients, know that "they are scared because this is their hearts we're talking about".
  8. by   live4today
    Hello graduate_2002

    Oh, how I loved working Cardiac/Telemetry back in the day! You've already received some great advice thus far, so I wish you nothing but success in that area of nursing!

    Oh...always always always monitor the patient and don't get hooked on monitoring the patient based on stats you see on the cardiac monitor. They both are helpful tools to use when assessing cardiac patients progress, but there is nothing more accurate than assessing the patient first and foremost.
  9. by   ~FloridaCCRN~
    Thanks everyone for your thoughtful replies :kiss
  10. by   sharann
    Check on that v-fib patient before shouting for help.
    It's amazing how much artifact can occur when a pt is brushing their teeth...
  11. by   LatteGuzzler
    You're bringing back memories! My first job out of school was on a telemetry floor 26 years ago. You'll be sure to want to take some classes: EKG/arrhythmia, BLS, and ACLS for starters. Strive for a reputation of reliability, hard work, and someone who can get along with and see the best in their co-workers. Good luck!
  12. by   MollyMo
    Originally posted by sharann
    Check on that v-fib patient before shouting for help.
    It's amazing how much artifact can occur when a pt is brushing their teeth...

    Yeah, or scratching. We had a lady who was in v-tach on the monitor. Everybody went running to her room only to find that she was scratching the palm of her hand with a hairbrush. Never code a conscious patient. :roll
  13. by   rn-medic
    love all the messages..got one for ya though. how about running in the room to code the guy with wide v-tach, just to find out he is playing uno!! (three guesses and the first two don't count!!)
  14. by   BBFRN
    Get your ACLS as soon as possible, if you don't already have it- it's a big help! Also- don't become desensitized (sp?) to the sound of the alarms.

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