Basic ECG Recognition and Interpretation, 2nd Edition


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About the Course:  
This course is intended for any health care professionals who care for individuals in a cardiac monitored environment. The course discusses the basic functions of ECG monitors, lead concepts, and the heart’s electrical system. Techniques for identifying the ECG characteristics and clinical implications of some of the fundamental rhythms are presented.   

Learning Outcomes:  
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the data that are extractable from the electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor.
  • Differentiate the various healthcare team members’ responsibilities in rhythm monitoring.
  • Distinguish between normal rhythms, paced rhythms, and fundamental dysrhythmias on the ECG monitor.
  • Identify the underlying mechanisms of fundamental dysrhythmias.
  • Appraise suitable interventions rooted in the accurate recognition of prevalent dysrhythmias.  

About the Author:  
Dawn Altman, RN is an expert cardiology nurse instructor who has been educating nurses and other healthcare providers in electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation for over 35 years. After an extensive career as an emergency department nurse and paramedic clinical instructor, she worked in a large full-service cardiac hospital. In 1986, she authored an ECG textbook (under the name Dawn Bean). She currently administers free web-based teaching materials for other ECG instructors.   

How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online, which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest  
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Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement  
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Accreditations and Approvals   
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In addition to states that accept courses offered by ANCC Accredited Providers, Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an approved Provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama Board of Nursing, Provider #ABNP1418 (valid through February 5, 2025); Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP17480 (valid through January 31, 2024); California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (LVN Provider #V15058, PT Provider #V15020; valid through December 31, 2023); District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0076 (valid through December 31, 2023; CE Broker Provider #50-4007); Michigan Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Mississippi Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; New Mexico Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; North Dakota Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; South Carolina Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses, Provider #50-4007. This CE program satisfies the Massachusetts States Board’s regulatory requirements as defined in 244 CMR5.00: Continuing Education.