The role of the cardiac telemetry nurse (Tele RN) is to provide care for patients by comfortably connecting them to machines that measure blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, blood-oxygen level, and electrocardiogram information. The tele RN also monitors and interprets this data, assessing any potential health problems and needs, while also developing nursing care plans and maintaining accurate medical records. A telemetry nurse typically works in hospitals or other clinical environments.
Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities
The Telemetry RN utilizes critical thinking skills and the nursing process to provide care for cardiac-monitored patients from cardiac, surgical, medical or neurological specialties. Telemetry RN rotate between both telemetry and TCU areas based on the patient needs. The Staff Nurse demonstrates
- Leadership at the unit level, including functioning as Charge Nurse and the ability to delegate appropriately
- Attention to age-specific components when planning and providing care
- The coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction
- Consideration of all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences
- Administration of medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines
- Collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team to positively affect patient outcomes
- Knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives and customer service programs
- Poise and effective communication with people of varied educational levels and diverse ethnic backgrounds
- The ability to work as an integral part of a team and the ability to work effectively in stressful situation
- Prioritizing care for the patient while in the work setting and the ability to shift priorities based on patient and/or unit needs
- Customer service principles in all aspects of work.
Key Competencies and Characteristics
Telemetry nurses work with critically ill patients who require the use of monitoring devices, such as those that measure heart rates, breathing rates, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. Nurses may monitor patients at their bedsides and provide medications and other support as needed, or provide remote telemetry services in which monitors for telemetry devices are in a central location, such as a nurses’ station.
Key Competencies and Characteristics
- Basic cardiac rhythm monitoring techniques, interpretation, and treatment
- Basic and advanced life support
- Calculating drug dosage, administering continuous medication infusion, and monitoring patients for effects of medication
- Monitoring patients before, during, and after invasive procedures
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary and respiratory emergencies and knowing how to start standard interventions to stabilize the patient
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Education and Experience
- Candidates must have a bachelor’s, associates or diploma degree in Nursing.
- Full unrestricted Registered Nurse state Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
- The ideal candidate will have at least have one year of recent Telemetry/Step-down or ICU RN experience
- Employment is conditional upon passing a drug test and background check
- Current TX or any state Compact license – American Heart Association ACLS, PALS, BLS certifications