Nursing school can definitely be a challenge especially if you are not sure of what to expect. It is important to make sure you are full prepared for this challenge. Often potential nursing school students ask, is nursing school harder than being a nurse? In many cases, yes it is. But it can help prepare you for what is to come in your nursing career. Learn more about the challenges faced in nursing school as well as how to become a telemetry nurse.
In the telemetry unit of a hospital, patients are often in critical condition and need constant monitoring and care. Telemetry nurses review data from special equipment to track a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and other vitals. They also carry out more traditional nursing duties such as administering medications and communicating with patients regarding their condition.
Since most of the patients in a telemetry unit have suffered heart attacks or are recovering from cardiac surgery, some RNs specialize in cardiac telemetry and are proficient in the use of electrocardiogram equipment. However, telemetry units may also be used to monitor patients with sleep disorders or neurological issues, such as epilepsy.
Since constant monitoring is required for patients within a telemetry unit, hospitals need to have telemetry RNs on duty 24/7. These nurses often work long shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Telemetry nurses work with sophisticated equipment, so they must be proficient in using technology and interpreting data. They also need extensive medical knowledge and a familiarity with their patients’ medical history, so that they can ensure that patients are receiving the correct care and answer any questions patients may have. Telemetry unit RNs are typically responsible for multiple patients at a time, so strong multi-tasking abilities are a helpful trait.
RNs working in a telemetry unit should be sensitive to the needs of patients and their families, and ready to ease their concerns. Telemetry nurses need to be able to communicate with patients regarding their condition, and therefore should have good interpersonal skills. They may also be responsible for educating patients and their families on healthy diet and exercise, disease prevention and lifestyle changes that are needed once a patient leaves the hospital.
Even though nursing school can be a real challenge, the skills that you learn there can never be un-learned. You are now able to work in a telemetry unit in a hospital and be a trusted member of the team.
Nursing school and working as a nurse can be equally as difficult as one another but are also equally as important. Make sure you prepare yourself for the challenges that lie ahead in your future career as a telemetry nurse.