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Telemetry Nursing , HELP

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nerdynurse7 has 7 years experience as a ASN, CNA, LPN, RN and specializes in Telemetry.

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I am new to Telemetry nursing and to the hospital setting. Although, I started at a community hospital it is a difference from Rehab nursing and SNF, which I have experience with. I have been trained on reading telemetry strips but I feel like in those courses they teach you the cookie cutter rhythms etc. I have been looking at the monitors at work and sometimes struggle to understand what is happening. Like when the monitor calls a rhythm VTACH or AFIB but it’s really not. I ask other nurses and they review the rhythms and say it’s fine. I am looking for a book or other resources to better understand telemetry, the monitors and treatment for different rhythms. I appreciate any advice posted. Thank you ! 

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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Learning to read a strip is a skill that just takes time and lots of practice. In my former career as a paramedic we learned to recognize rhythms by sheer repetition. Once of the resources out there are online strip generators that you can use to practice. Here's a link to one, google can lead you to more.

https://www.skillstat.com/tools/ecg-simulator

Always remember to treat the patient, rather than the monitor, Good luck to you!

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