Interview in Telemetry...please help.

  1. Hello everyone, I'm a very new RN and in the process of looking for a hospital job. I have an interview on Tuesday in Telemetry for their New Grad Program. Please share with me any suggestions. What made you choose Cardiac Nursing? How do you like it? What's the nurse-px ratio? I appreciate any tips you can share. Thank you.
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  3. by   A Kitty RN
    Okay, your interview is now long over- if you are still interested, I work Tele in STL, MO We are a 44 bed unit and we have a great n-p ratio. Days starts 3:1 and nocs start 5:1. Usually stays right around there, too. I love cardiac. Fast paced but without the extreme emergent ICU feel. I just find the heart fascinating. It is so intricate and many problems are related to it. You get all kinds of patients _ No 2 days are the same. Don't have to worry about long lengths of stay (most of the time), but you do get a lot of frequent flyers--CHF. Turn over is fast and furious. At first, it was a bit overwhelming but once I got really into it, I was hooked!
  4. by   spot
    I started in cardiac nursing/telemetry when I was still in nursing school. I loved it! N-P ratio at that time was 4:1. For all the same reasons Kitty RN mentions above, I loved it. I worked tele for two years and then moved to the cath lab. I now manage a freestanding outpatient cath lab. This is the best job I have ever had!!

    Back to telemetry.... You will recall that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Recently, the news has reported that diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. If you will notice, a significant number of your patients will be diabetic, if not, they will be pre-diabetic and not know it. The best part of working telemetry is the ability to do some quality patient education. Everything from stress management, to BP management, healthy eating habits, smoking cessation, excersize, you name it. I think telemetry is the best place to work in the med-surg field.

    From a personal point-of-view, my experience in cardiology as enabled me to better care for my mother(COPD), father, father-in-law, sister, brother-in-law all of whom have CAD. I have been a better care giver and patient advocate for them.

    Without sounding overly cliche` : If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't change a thing.
  5. by   nadia562002
    I am about to graduate next week from a BSN program. I got a the best job I could ask for on a cardiothoracic telemetry unit at the University of Washington Medical Center. I actually had two offers but selected cardiothoracic because it seems to me like it provides the opportunities into critical care. Critical care can take you anywhere you could ever want to go as a nurse. I cant wait to get started. How much better can it get?