Telemetry nursing involves providing care to patients by connecting them to machines that measure heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, blood-oxygen level, and electrocardiogram information. Those machines send all of the numbers to a computer screen where the telemetry nurses can see to monitor them and determine the best kind of care for the patient from the diagnosis.
One of the biggest components of telemetry nursing is education. Telemetry nurses have a front row seat to substantial improvements in both medical technology and medicines, and they are required to keep up with new treatments and technologies by attending medical conferences, independent studies, or educational in-services. They also educate patients and their family members about diet, exercise, medication, any activity restrictions, and details along those lines. Being able to connect with patients and understand what they have gone through will help patients to feel more comfortable.
Telemetry nursing mostly deals with patients who have recently had surgery or that need some type of specially-administered medications. It is best in this field to have an understanding of cardiac arrhythmia and knowledge of the patients’ medical history, especially in the case of previous heart attacks or open-heart surgeries. And because patients are depending on a telemetry nurse to provide accurate information to make them feel more at ease, this job can be very rewarding because the results are visible.
Telemetry nurses work side-by-side with other nurses and physicians and communicate constantly in order to learn from each other. Essentially, they assess and care for patients who have had heart problems and catheterizations by looking at electrical cardiographs (ECGs), and they monitor patients who have signs of heart-related conditions. Patients in telemetry nursing units are a step down from intensive care, so a major part of this job requires administering medication and keeping symptoms from arising.
Want to become involved in telemetry nursing? You will need an advanced nursing degree, RN to BSN degree, or LPN to BSN degree. Or you can learn more about these programs from the University of Phoenix:
» Bachelor of Science in Nursing
» Master of Science in Nursing