So, I've finally made it to the place I once thought would never get here. I'm moving on to role transition (after I pass my huge ATI test next Monday.....here's to being positive). Hopefully I'm not looking too far into the future, but I feel confident about my last ATI test, which is the only thing standing between me and role transition.
Got placed on a medical telemetry floor (thankfully at the hospital I work at, so convenient). Basically the floor is split in half, AB is medical telemetry CD is surgical telemetry. All of my clinicals have been on TCU floors but seem so different then here at my hospital. As a clinical student though, I feel like my exposure to the floor, the conditions, the knowledge, the true inner workings of the unit have been a little covered up. Have always had the feeling of "only knowing what I need to know" to get through clinical as a student.
Since I'm moving off into telemetry in terms of role transition I feel like my knowledge level is going to need to be a little higher than it has in the past. What do you guys suggest I brush up on, read about, study, expect?!?!?
Clearly every pt. is on a monitor, so I'm sure that I'll need to brush up on my EKG strips, etc. Are there any good books that lay it out in the "any idiot could do this" style. Simple, to the point, and easy to understand. In my searches I've found that there are some that are too vague, and some that go further in depth then I will likely ever need to know. I need a good middle ground.
All of my clinical TCU floors seemed to be overflow units. (my school/clinicals are in Kentucky, and I'm an Ohio guy so I was lucky enough to get them to place me in a hospital of the Ohio side for role transition). They tended to get people from other "at capacity" floors and put them on monitors that didn't truly need it, but because it's a telemetry floor and they have policies they monitored them regardless. Doesn't seem to be like that in my role transition unit, so I'm just wondering what the "normal" telemetry disease processes are, if there is even a normal. Just trying to figure out what I should focus on as I brush up my skills over my two week break. As always, thanks in advance