ECG Interpretation: Basic Rhythms

This online CNE class is designed for nurse clinicians and nurses utilizing telemetry to enhance their knowledge of cardiac monitoring and rhythm interpretation. The purpose of this course is to educate nurses on ECG interpretation and identification of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms. The Nurse learner will become knowledgeable of the cardiac anatomy and physiology as it relates to the electrical conduction in the heart. The nurse will learn how compare the cardiac waveform as it occurs in the cardiac cycle. In addition, will learn the normal and abnormal components of the ECG and their measurements. 

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describing cardiac anatomy and physiology as it relates to the electrical conduction in the heart.
  2. Compare how the cardiac waveform relates to what is occurring in the cardiac cycle.
  3. Identify normal components of the ECG and their measurements.
  4. Recognize abnormal components of the ECG and their measurements.
  5. Interpret basic cardiac rhythms, including normal sinus rhythm, sinus tachycardia, and sinus bradycardia.


Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Overview of Cardiac Anatomy/Electrical Conduction System
  • Cardiac Anatomy
  • Electrical Conduction System
  • Conclusion

Chapter : ECG Rhythm Strips – A Review

  • Lead placement and EKG basics
  • Five-step approach to reading an EKG
  • Putting it all together

Chapter 3: Sinus Rhythms Review

  • Normal sinus rhythm
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Sinus bradycardia

Chapter 4: Atrial Rhythms

  • PACs
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • SVT

Chapter 5: Ventricular Rhythms

  • PVCs
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular fibrillation

Chapter 6: Conclusion

  • Case Scenarios
  • References
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $20.00

Contact Hours: 2

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