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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
  • Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE
  • Lynn C. Simko, PhD, RN, CCRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Andrea Robinson, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP
Item#: N1796
Contents: 1 Course Book (98 Pages)
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ECG Interpretation: A Step-by-Step Approach, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1796
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Release Date: March 19, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Provides an overview of both normal sinus rhythm and dysrhythmias. Treatment methods discussed include defibrillators and pacemakers. The course begins with the normal electrical conduction of the heart, and then reviews the steps of how to interpret electrocardiography (ECG). You will learn how to determine the heart rhythm and heart rate. Special considerations associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome are featured. Today, ECG interpretation is a skill necessary for nurses in a variety of clinical settings. The ability for nurses to quickly and accurately identify dysrhythmias is vital to assure prompt interventions and life-saving measures when necessary. Case Studies help connect content with practice.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the basic principles of electrocardiology and associated principles vital for electrocardiograph interpretation.
  • Recognize normal sinus rhythm and the specific electrocardiographic characteristics that distinguish the various types of dysrhythmias from each other.
  • Discuss the various treatment methods for common dysrhythmias.
  • Distinguish ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions (non-STEMIs).

Lynn C. Simko, PhD, RN, CCRN, is a clinical associate professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing where she has taught at the undergraduate, masters, doctor of nursing practice, and PhD levels. Dr. Simko is a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist with more than 35 years of clinical nursing experience in intensive care units (ICUs), coronary care units, cardiovascular ICUs, and medical-surgical ICUs. From the University of Pittsburgh, she earned a master of public health degree in chronic/cardiovascular epidemiology, as well as a master of science degree in nursing. She earned her PhD in nurs­ing from Duquesne University, where her dissertation focused on the quality of life of adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Simko has widespread experience in caring for patients with cardiac dysrhythmias.

Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE, has practiced as a nurse educator since 2004 in diploma, baccalaureate, and doctoral programs. Her scholarship interests include at-risk students for NCLEX-RN® failure, student remediation, and clinical teach­ing pedagogies for both educators and practicing clinicians. Dr. Culleiton has maintained the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credentials since 2007. For academic nurse educators, the CNE establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for Dr. Culleiton to demonstrate her expertise in this role. It also communi­cates to students and the academic and healthcare communities that the highest standards of teaching excellence are being met. Dr. Culleiton has been a nurse for 25 years and has had extensive practice experience in emergency medicine/trauma, as well as in a variety of critical care settings where she has gained vast experience in treating patients with dysrhythmias. Dr. Culleiton received her bachelor of science in nursing from The Catholic University of America, her master of science in nursing adminis­tration from the Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, and her doctor of nursing practice from Chatham University.

Andrea Robinson, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, working in cardiac electrophysiology, and she is the Advanced Practice Clinical Coordinator of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Clinic. She has a bachelor of science in business administration and graduated from the College of Nursing from The Ohio State University. Her master of science in nursing was received from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Andrea serves as a Cardiovascular Team Council member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is on the Board of Directors for PODEMOS, a nonprofit international medical outreach brigade. She has special interests in stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation and preventive medicine in cardiology.

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  • 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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