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Telemetry and EKG Basics: Rhythm Recognition

Contact Hours Awarded: 3

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Course Overview

Telemetry and EKG Basics: Rhythm Recognition

Author: Kayla M. Cavicchio


Thanks to advancements within the medical profession, cardiac telemetry can be greatly beneficial to patients in and outside of the hospital setting. From devices you can carry, to devices implanted inside someone, patient outcomes have improved for identifying, treating, and managing cardiac arrhythmias that had once been deemed unmanageable. With proper knowledge of EKG rhythms, nurses can confidently provide the proper care for their patients by being an advocate for those they care for.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Heart Monitors
  3. Lead Placement
  4. Reading EKGs: EKG Components
  5. Reading EKGs: EKG Paper
  6. Rhythm Recognition
  7. Identifying Ischemia and Infarction
  8. Cardiac Assessment
  9. Indications for Inpatient Monitor Use
  10. Conclusion

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course, we will discuss the importance of telemetry devices and abnormal cardiac rhythms. It will take the average learner 180 minutes to complete and awards 3 contact hours of continuing education.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate a 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize the importance of the many telemetry devices used and identify how these devices impact patient care.
  2. Properly recall lead placement for the standard 5 lead, 12 lead, 15 lead, and right sided EKGs.
  3. Correctly identify each type of cardiac rhythm discussed in this course and be able to list at least three signs and symptoms, three causes, and three treatments for each abnormal rhythm.

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • New York State Department of Education (CA 80996)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: September 25, 2023

Course Expires on: September 25, 2026

Course Offering: #174