I must say that I am shocked that there are still hospitals that have not mandated a Basic Telemetry training class for ALL of the nurses who work in areas where Telemetry patients are assigned-- paid for by the hospital, of course.
When will the insanity ever stop! My goodness! An eight hour class in Basic Telemetry goes a long way in preparing a nurse to recognize what rhythm his/her patient is in! Learning Basic Telemetry is easy, too, so why the continued delay in providing this course to hospital nurses working with any cardiac patient is beyond me!
Someone asked "What is a telemetry tech?"
A telemetry tech is a person who is trained to read rhythm strips. They have taken a Basic Telemetery class that has prepared them to read the cardiac monitors, and sometimes they have taken advanced classes in this as well. They are great to have on every unit that has telemetry patients, but it is even more essential - IMHO - for the nurses to be able to read their own strips. It's also a fun class to learn, so don't hesitate to take the class if you get the chance. It should be one of those mandated CEU classes for every nurse.