Learning to read EKG strip??


I've been an RN for several years, but work as a Psych RN and currently Dept Manager. I really want to learn to read EKG strips so I can one day take an ACLS class and possibly get into ER nursing. Any good books or web sites for self learning? Any pointers? All info is greatly appreciated. :yes:


136 Posts

Has 8 years experience.

ACLS is easy, their rhythms are covered in the ACLS manual book and are very straight forward. A good library of complicated rhythms is ekglibrary.com

Make sure you know how to read a 12 lead EKG as this gives you a bigger picture of what is going on.

Check you local hospital, they may have an EKG course.

chillnurse, BSN, RN, NP

1 Article; 208 Posts

Specializes in Internal medicine/critical care/FP. Has 6 years experience.

its better to learn the physiology behind how they work, such as why they deflect certain ways, etc. I am by far not the best at them but it really does help over just looking for "tombstones" or other named waveforms.


79 Posts

Specializes in OB, Postpartum, Nursery. Has 2 years experience.

This was a good free site that helped me. EKG

You can also sign up for ECG/EKG Certification course through American Heart Association. It is a very thorough course and the final test is tough, you have 3 tries to complete it. Best wishes.


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Specializes in Tele, Stepdown, Med/Surg, education. Has 10 years experience.

The above looks like great resources try. EKG