Yippee! Starting new Job....

  1. I am soo excited and scared too! I'll be starting 9/9/02 on a Cardiac/telemtry floor.. your tips and expertise would be greatly appreciated as I know there are many smart and experienced nurses here at allnurses! (Btw, I'm a new grad without experience)
    So post away..I'm listening
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  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    "i am soo excited and scared too! i'll be starting 9/9/02 on a cardiac/telemtry floor.."

    all the best to you!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    good luck to you!!!! it will be fine!
  5. by   Mkue

    Sounds like a GREAT job !! I'm so happy for you !!
  6. by   ~FloridaCCRN~
    thanks everyone!:kiss
  7. by   Qwiigley
    Great Job and Congrats!
    Remember...... when you are tired and pissed off... when you have had it.... IT IS WORTH IT. Stick it out. School has really JUST begun. BE THE BEST! LEARN EVERYTHING. Best of all, show Eagerness... more people will help you learn.
  8. by   ~FloridaCCRN~
    Thanks qwiigley! I AM eager to learn, i will be like a sponge!
  9. by   Sodie
    Good luck to you !!

    I worked on a cardiac telemetry unit for 9 years. I loved it. It was a difficult job. My hospital specializes in hearts, so there are several telemetry units. The best advice that I can offer is to let you know that there is alot to learn, so please do not get discouraged. Skills such as reading 12 lead ekg's take time and does not come overnight. Practice on these types of skills when you can. After you begin getting the hang of your unit, take ACLS (if you haven't already). It will tie alot of loose ends together. I would got to seminars on occassion that focused on the telemetry patients. Be aware that you will get patients that were going to have surgery that is totally nonrelated to cardiac problems, yet they end up on your floor- example a repaired broken hip that went into atrial fib in surgery or a pre laminectomy that began having chest pain in the OR holding area. I am not trying to scare you. You will get great experience with telemetry patients. One of my favorite things about the area is that you have a wide range of ages. My youngest patient was 16 with uncontrolled SVT. My oldest patient was 102 (Her family joked that she used to date George Washington). If your hospital has a cardiac cath lab, open heart surgery ward, or electrophisiology lab, ask your manager about going to these areas during your orientation phase. I work in the cath lab now (love it, love it, love it) and I enjoy having my fellow nurses come in and see what we do. By going to these areas you will have a better knowlege base in teaching your patient what to expect before, during and after the procedure. Going into the cath lab might help you get a grasp on the anatomy of the heart (even though you may know it well, it will help you to see the arteries on the xray) and to understand the pathophysiology and disease process. Good luck !!!