Recommendations for getting EKG training?

  1. hi I am a new grad NP and this is one area my supervisor would like me to put down as a learning goal, so I can be 'privileged' (not sure if that's the right term) to look at EKGs.

    there was a local conference where I planned to sign up for the EKG workshop but due to scheduling issues I can't go. Can anyone recommend ways to get good solid training in EKG interpretation?

    thanks
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  3. by   VivaRN
    Is there a school or hospital near you that offers EKG classes? It may be a bit pricey if you're not a student/employee, but that's one way to get it. Maybe your employer would pay...

    Or perhaps you could study up on it and then arrange a preceptorship with a provider who does a lot of EKG reading.

    Either way, you'd get the skills. Though I've heard that if you don't use it, you lose it.
  4. by   lalaxton
    There is an excellent online course. I am happy to share the link with you if you PM me.
  5. by   Spatialized
    While not an NP, I see a lot of 12-Leads on my cards floor, so I've been using "12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation" by Garcia & Holtz to at least start the more in-depth learning (beyond the basics I have learned through work). While it's not a course, it is set-up in that fashion in the book with advancing levels of expertise. It could get you started while you look for a formal course.

    Cheers,
    Tom
  6. by   core0
    Quote from Spatialized
    While not an NP, I see a lot of 12-Leads on my cards floor, so I've been using "12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation" by Garcia & Holtz to at least start the more in-depth learning (beyond the basics I have learned through work). While it's not a course, it is set-up in that fashion in the book with advancing levels of expertise. It could get you started while you look for a formal course.

    Cheers,
    Tom
    .

    Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's is the bible. You can pretty much teach yourself the basics with this. Also not sure where you live, but google "12 lead EKG class" and your city returns a ton of classes. Some are in hospitals but a lot of Community colleges offer these as part of paramedic school.

    David Carpenter, PA-C
    Last edit by core0 on Oct 9, '07 : Reason: added stuff.
  7. by   sirI
    along with the above reference from david, check out this thread:

    helpful information for the unit
  8. by   westcoastgirl
    thank you for all the great ideas! and Laxaton I just sent you a PM.
  9. by   core0
    For what its worth:
    http://www.ecgcourse.com/index.cfm
    I received this in my E mail from somewhere. I cannot vouch for anything about this (not saying its good or bad really don't know).

    David Carpenter, PA-C
  10. by   Ventjock
    Thaler

    http://www.amazon.com/Only-Book-Youl...3027716&sr=8-1

    just went through this book in school and id recommend it.
  11. by   jer_sd
    If the hospital is like ones I have applied for clinical priv. at you will need a certificate of completion of a course reading a book will not count.
    Jeremy
  12. by   patrick1rn
    One book that I have purchased was the idiots guide to EKG interpretation. It wont make you an expert in axis deviation but it will give you the basics and them some. Work in the ICU or the ER helps.
  13. by   Medic74
    I'm not a NP, however if you can find a 12 Lead EKG course called Multi-Lead Medics taught by Bob Page anywhere around you should take it. This class is the best 12 lead class I have ever taken hands down. Bob is a great instructor, who has taught all over the world. He has a text published and a DVD out. He does an 8 hour basic class and a 4 hour advanced 12 lead class. The class makes reading a 12 lead EKG a breeze. You will walk out of this class and never hesitate about a 12 lead again.

    Just my 2 cents from someone who does 12 lead EKG's daily...:spin:

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