Congrats! Cardiac/telemetry will give you an AWESOME skill set that you can take with you anywhere you go.
Similar to above...
- Become familiar with common cardiac medications; their uses, adverse reactions, parameters for HR/BP, and when to consider holding medication based on vitals or upcoming procedures. Anti-arrhythmics, beta blockers, vasodilators, antiplatelets, anticoagulants, etc. No caffeine prior to stress, no subcutaneous anticoagulants morning of cardiac cath.
- Research the terminology for conditions, treatments, POC, procedures. Understand the potential complications and what to monitor for.
- If you are using IV diuretics, always always always stay on top of electrolytes. If your facility uses sliding scale replacement protocols, always think to ask for this order; will save you many phone calls and critical lab values.
- Practice EKG interpretation!
- Review ACLS and "code blue" or "stroke alert" policy/procedure, if you don't have experience with this.
- ALWAYS ask questions!!
Best of luck!