Preparing for a position on a medical telemetry unit.

by Striving2BG8 Striving2BG8, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in Medical Telemetry, SICU. Has 5 years experience.

I finally got a job on a unit at one my top picks for a hospital a few weeks ago and next week I start. I'm trying to brush up on my basic skills because I graduated six months ago and I feel like I've forgotten so much.

They gave me a little overview sheet of the types of patient they mostly deal with: CHF, MI, COPD, pneumonia, primary pulmonary hypertension, syncope, DM, cardiac arrhythmias, electrolyte imblances, GI disorders, sickle cell anemia, pancreatitis, DVTS, asthma....etc.

I know I'm going to learn most stuff on the job and whatnot but I still want to be as knowledgeable as possible

What medications should I look over? What else can I do to prepare besides re-reading a clinical nursing skills book and going over the above conditions?

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Sounds like you are on the right track. This is actually a great environment to start your career; wide variety of patients with multi-system illnesses. You will be able to build your expertise/critical thinking very rapidly. In-depth understanding of patho-phys will be key. Fluid/lyte imbalances are a common finding in this patient population. Another very serious issue is sepsis. Make sure you are very familiar with MEWS Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) | AHRQ Innovations Exchange and how it is tracked & monitored by your new organization.

You can do this!

Striving2BG8, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Telemetry, SICU. Has 5 years experience. 104 Posts

Thank you very much. I have soo much to read. Exciting, scary and fun.