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Release Date: October 26, 2016
Expiration Date: October 31, 2019
EKG interpretation is a complex subject that requires a solid knowledge base, along with much experience and practice. There are many nurses who are experts in EKG interpretation; however, some nurses use a pattern recognition-based process rather than a true understanding of the principles of cardiac rhythms to interpret EKG strips. There is a demonstrated need among those nurses without a fundamental understanding of the heart’s electrical system and EKG results for increased knowledge of systematic interpretation of cardiac rhythms.
The purpose of this course is to explain arrhythmia and 12-lead EKG interpretation to nurses who wish to increase their understanding of the heart’s electrical system. This course provides all nurses with a practical resource about basic arrhythmia interpretation. The content can be used in all clinical settings where direct care is provided to patients. The course also reviews some rare heart rhythm abnormalities, making the content useful even for those nurses who are more proficient in EKG interpretation. After completing this course, the nurse will be able to apply a systematic approach to EKG interpretation.
- Review the basic anatomy and physiology of the heart.
- Identify the different sinus and atrial heart arrhythmias.
- Identify the different junctional and ventricular heart arrhythmias.
- Identify the four types of atrioventricular blocks.
- Identify the two arrhythmias associated with the absence of a pulse, and the rationale for using pacing to treat arrhythmias.
- Describe the steps of a systematic approach to 12-lead EKG interpretation.
- Identify EKG changes in several special clinical situations.
Marcie Scott, MSN, RN, is a Nurse Planner at Western Schools with over 25 years of professional nursing experience and a Master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing. Marcie began her nursing career on a cardiac telemetry unit and then held a clinical nursing position on a cardiothoracic intensive care unit, assuming charge nurse and preceptor roles as assigned. Later, as a program manager with a health maintenance organization, Marcie gathered much experience conducting health education seminars, and developing disease management and health promotion written materials for patients with cardiovascular disease.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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