1. Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation
Telemetry nurses must be skilled in identifying heart rhythm abnormalities and other abnormalities from ECG waves.
2. Cardiac medications
Telemetry nurses should have a comprehensive understanding of all medications related to cardiac care, including their mechanisms of action, side effects, and appropriate dosing.
3. Vital sign assessment & monitoring
Telemetry nurses must be able to accurately assess and monitor the patient’s vital signs to detect any changes or abnormalities that may indicate a health problem.
4. Patient education
Telemetry nurses need to provide holistic patient education about cardiac conditions and treatments, as this can help improve patient outcomes by increasing their understanding and compliance with treatment plans.
5. Interdisciplinary communication
Telemetry nurses must be able to effectively communicate with other team members to provide comprehensive patient care.
6. Documentation & reporting
Telemetry nurses must also be proficient in accurately documenting and reporting all patient information and care activities, as this is essential for ensuring proper follow-up and continuity of care.
7. Critical thinking
Telemetry nurses must have strong critical thinking skills to make quick decisions based on the assessment of patients’ conditions or symptoms and determine the best course of action for providing optimal care.
8. Emergency management
Finally, telemetry nurses should possess knowledge of emergency protocols and be able to respond rapidly and effectively in the event of an emergency.