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I am a new nurse and need help with tele, please!!!

Hi everyone,

I just started my 1st nursing job the beginning of Sept. on a tele unit. I just started taking a tele class this past Tues. and am having a very difficult time readying the strips. Does anyone have any suggestions on some things that might help me? Books, websites, or any advice that helped you when you were new. Thanks in advance.


Renee' Y-Y

Specializes in Critical Care, Telemetry.

Dale Dubin's "Rapid Interpretation of EKG" - AWESOME BOOK!!

Just keep practicing, you'll get it. This is one of those things you have to keep reviewing and practicing everyday...even if for 10-15 minutes.


Specializes in Cardiac, Post Anesthesia, ICU, ER.

This is simple and to the point, and I give this to most of my new nurses and monitor watchers and it seems to help them.

Basic Cardiac Rhythms.doc

I am a tele/ecg tech and the Dale Dubin book is great. I bring it to work with me every night. Also, practice, practice, practice!!! I watched a cardio doc the other morning come in and read 128 twelve leads in less than 30 mins. The guy has been doing it for over 35 years. So with time you will get better.

here is a simple pocket book that i can give you..ECG MADE INCREDIBLY QUICK by Lippincott and Wilkins..this book is always on my pocket..very handy...try it..there's illustration as well...very simple english..


Specializes in ED, ICU, PACU.

Could you try to describe the problem you are having? This way we could give you specific advise if it happens to be one of those mental blocks we all get from time to time.

Hi Laurenjarrod,

I too am a new grad on a medical telemetry unit. I'm not confident enough on my reading all my strips, but "PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!" seems to be the key to getting better. My unit doesn't expect me to know it all, so everyone has no problem when I ask them to verify my interpretations.

As for as books... My school uses "Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias," 3rd ed., by Atwood, Stanton, and Storey-Davenport. It's pretty easy reading with lots of practice strips.

Good luck to us both!

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