A telemetry nurse is a registered nurse who uses vital life sign measuring devices to track their patients health status, measure vital signs and record their patients abnormal biorhythmic patterns.
These nurses are often used to assess and monitor the condition of patients suffering from various life threatening diseases or illnesses such as patients dealing with cardiovascular diseases, heart disease, cardiac dysrhythmia and a host of other severe life threatening diseases.
Telemetry nurses may also be used to monitor the vital signs of patients who have been in a life threatening accident or have been severely injured.
In order to accurately monitor the vital signs of a patient telemetry nurses may use various devices such as electrocardiograms, electroencephalograms, blood pressure measuring devices, heart monitor devices and oxygen monitoring devices among other biorhythmic and physiological measuring technology.
Because vital sign interpretation is extremely important to the health of the patient telemetry nurses must be able to accurately decipher the data they receive through vital sign monitors and other medical technology, so proper training on the use of each machine is essential in order to ensure that these nurses perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
Their special training in vital sign pattern recognition allows them to make sure that patients maintain good health while they are on special medication, recovering from an injury and/or illness or during surgical or other medical operations.
Those who are interested in becoming telemetry nurses must first go to school and earn their degree as a registered nurse.
From there nurses should spend time working as a registered nurse and gain experience in the field while gearing their nursing experience and training towards progressive care.
The progressive care certification exam (PCCN) which allows nurses to purse a career in telemetry nursing requires nurses to obtain a certain number of hours of progressive care training before allowing nurse to take the progressive care certification exam and begin working as a telemetry nurse.
The current number of hours that is required for taking the exam is currently 1,750 hours of experience working in a progressive care unit.
After successfully acquiring the required number of hours and passing the progressive care certification exam registered nurses may then go on to pursue a career in telemetry nursing.
Note: Depending on the employer a potential telemetry nurse candidate applies for they may be required to hold a BSN in nursing before being allowed to apply for a position as a telemetry nurse.