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Telemetry RN

Company: Eminent Consulting
Location: Savannah
Posted on: January 15, 2021

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Hourly Rate - $65.00Weekly Housing and M&IE Stipend - $180036 hours guaranteedWe're looking for Acute Care Telemetry RNs for an immediate travel nurse opening in The Beautiful State of California. The right nurse should have at least one year (12 months) of work experience in a United States acute care facility in the specialty area. This year of acute experience MUST be within the last 2 years time. Telemetry is a mixture of registered nurse duties and technical skills to operate machinery that monitors patient health-the most common being the echocardiogram (EKG). This means that telemetry nurses need the same bedside manner skills as registered nurses as well as the technical know-how to run stress tests and read EKG strips in order to properly care for patients.This wide breadth of knowledge is often a determining factor in telemetry nurses becoming certified. Certifications for telemetry nurses--(discussed further below) allow for continual education and proficiency in the telemetry field. Using Electronic Equipment to Monitor PatientsReading an EKG is one of the primary functions that distinguishes telemetry nurses from RNs. In fact, in many hospitals where nurses are required to rotate between different critical care units, telemetry is one where nurses feel the least comfortable. This is because learning to read a strip of paper full of squiggly lines that are supposed to represent heart function takes a lot of training.Other equipment that is used in the telemetry unit includes heart monitors and Holter monitors. Each of these plays an important role in determining the overall health of the patient.Looking for Arrhythmias, Cardiac Baseline Changes, and AbnormalitiesOn this strip of paper full of squiggly lines (the EKG strip), nurses should be able to determine any arrhythmias, cardiac baseline changes, and abnormalities. Nurses interpret the strip by noting the rate, rhythm, axis, hypertrophy, and ST-segment.Responding to any IrregularitiesBecause of the amount of equipment strapped to your cardiac patients, there are many factors determining the health of the patient. Reacting to these irregularities in an urgent manner is needed to protect the patient, and often waiting for a physician to respond takes too long.Telemetry nurses also have to be ready if the patient's vital signs trigger any alarms. False alarms are standard in telemetry, and each one has to be treated equally.Performing Stress TestsStress tests, or "exercise" tests, are used to elevate the patient's heart rhythm, breathing, and blood pressure. By doing so, you're actively making the heart work harder and pump more blood. Any irregularities or arrhythmias are prone to manifest while the heart is stressed. These are recorded by electrodes strapped to the patient's chest.Stress tests are used to diagnose heart rhythm problems, coronary artery disease, and other related heart disorders.Standard RN DutiesBesides these special duties, they also are required to perform standard nurse duties. These duties include, but are not limited to, the following.Inpatient and Medical HistoryWhen patients enter the hospital, a full medical history is necessary to understand the underlying conditions. Age is a relevant factor in diagnosing Alzheimer's, ALS, and high blood pressure. Patients suffering from acute abdominal pain will be treated differently if they've recently gone abroad to remote regions of the world.Inpatient documentation is crucial in telemetry units where patients are at risk for severe cardiac problems.Documenting All Changes in Patient Condition and BehaviorWhile patients are under your care, monitoring and documenting changes in patient condition and behavior is a crucial aspect of your nursing practice. During rounds, you have a chance to communicate with your patient to see whether their condition is improving or deteriorating. If your patient is feeling relieved and happy, for example, this might signal that their healthy state is returning (although, further tests need to be administered to confirm your suspicions).Performing Lab WorkWhen dealing with an acute cardiac patient, physicians must determine whether the causal link to the illness is structural damage to the heart, stress-related, or due to other irregularities. To narrow down options, physicians rely on lab work. Telemetry nurses perform lab work including blood tests, chest x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, and more.Assisting Physicians in Customized Treatment PlansPhysicians have to manage upwards of twenty patients per shift. Studies published in the Annals of Family Medicine--found that physicians spend, on average, 17.5 minutes of face time with each patient. This isn't much time when you think of the complexity of human physiology and all the potential diseases one could have. That's why nurses are there to assist in documentation and customize treatment plans. Nurses spend a significantly larger amount of time with patients and are able to fill in the gaps for the physician.Carrying Out Treatment Plans and Administering MedicationNurses are expected to keep regular tabs on a patient's medication and treatment plan. Because most of your patients will be stuck to their hospital bed with only some light walking allowed, you are required to fill out all pharmaceutical requests and administer them as needed.Performing Emergency TreatmentWhile speaking to nurses might give you the impression that their job mainly consists of documenting, hustling to and from patient rooms, and coordinating medications, know that in the back of their mind, they're always ready. Ready for the car accident that happens just outside the hospital. Ready for the heart monitor to sound the alarm. Ready for every and all emergency situations where patients' lives are on the line.Educating Patients on Diagnoses and TestsPatients in your care are going to have questions. But the ICU and telemetry unit can often be places where nurses are rushing to and from patients. Remember that having complications with your heart is a terrifying condition. Telemetry nurses have to practice patience and bedside manner in order to educate patients on their health properly. Speaking to the FamilyThe patient isn't the only person you need to be communicating with. As a telemetry nurse, you'll be speaking with the family of the patient and informing them of any critical shifts in health or diagnosis. If the patient is a minor, all tests must be confirmed with the parents to ensure there are no legal complications. Otherwise, only the necessary information should be relayed.Providing a Hygienic EnvironmentNurses are trained to keep rooms hygienic and sanitary. This includes proper sterilization techniques on all equipment and instruments and preparing patient's rooms after the previous occupant left.Maintaining Physical Exercise and Proper Diet of PatientWhile the patient is under your supervision, you are responsible for ensuring they know when to exercise and when to stay in bed. A short walk up and down the hospital hallways will help get the blood flowing and boost their mood. However, if their heart is in critical condition, this quick walk could also spell disaster. Maintaining physical exercise and offering your patient a proper diet are two necessary elements for a speedy recovery. COVID 19 ICU level patients Adult medical intensive care unit patients. Mainly acute respiratory failure, renal failure, sepsis and multi organ failure. Patient require mechanical ventilation, vasopressor drips, sedation, proning and sometimes

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