I'm not a cardiac/tele nurse or anything related, I'm starting in L&D but my hospital has a requirement that all nurses (except psych and outpatient basically) have to pass an EKG interpretation test. I'm really struggling because there is JUST SO MUCH to an EKG and even in nursing school
I didn't learn most of this stuff, like junctional rhythms and whatnot. And I worked postpartum for a few years at a different hospital that didn't have this requirement, so I'm a few years removed from whatever EKG basics I did learn at one point.
I'm just looking for some study help, any resources that might help me to get the basics of reading and interpreting a strip because the modules the hospital provided have not done the trick. Any help appreciated, thanks in advance!
I would love for you to ask why L & D nurses need this. I will send you a check for $100.00 if you ask the powers that be and let me know what they say.
It makes as much sense as having med/surg, ICU, ER, etc., nurses know and be tested on what those uterine contractions and fetal heart rate tracings mean. I forget their official name.
Sure, as I said maybe all nurses should know too fast, too slow, V tach, V fib, V flitter, but that is all!
We had a pregnant woman with a known "bad heart" in our CCU. I was new, didn't speak much Spanish at the time, I finally asked an interpreter what the patient was saying. She wasn't in pain, no obvious signs of being in screaming, pushing, labor, but of course she was saying she felt like the baby was coming.
Yep, the baby was delivered in CCU. I'm pretty sure she didn't have fetal monitors on her? Or could she have had them on but can a premature delvery contractions not show significant tracings? I think. L & D nurses were coming over from time to time to check?
Probably a HIPAA violation to even mention this story! Stupid HIPAA. It was about 38 years ago. The baby was premature but breathing on its own, transported to a higher level of care facility.
Last edit by brownbook on Mar 12