You know you’re a telemetry nurse when…

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How do you know if you’re a telemetry nurse?
See if the following scenario sounds familiar.

The monitor is alarming asystole and as you run into the room, the patient looks at the monitor, then asks you:

10. “Am I dead?”

9. “Shouldn’t you be doing something?”

8. “Aren’t you going to get some more people?”

7. “I pulled those things off, they bother me.”

6. “No one came when I called, but they do when I do this.”

5. “Can you get me a juice?”

4. “Shouldn’t you call the doctor now? I need pain meds.”

3. “I can’t sleep.”

2. “I’m going out to smoke.”

1. “Since you’re here, can I go pee?”

This list is by Marian Payne Ellis, RN.

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7 Responses to You know you’re a telemetry nurse when…

  1. My dad was a heart transplant and he was notorious for pulling the leads off if he thought they were taking to long to answer his call light,lol. That was before I went to nursing school. Now, I laugh and remember him when my pts do it. It’s hard to be upset with them.

  2. misti

    You know you’re a tele nurse when you know the difference in the look of asystole & leads off, VT & teeth brushing & you don’t get too excited about either.

  3. maria

    You know you’re a tele nurse when you can tell the difference between asystole & leads off, VT & artifact & don’t get too excited about either.

  4. grace

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  5. Grace

    You know you’re a tele nurse when you put the leads on yourself to see if you have an arrhythmia!

  6. Sophie

    i love the comment about putting the leads on themselves!! And doing ekg’s on eachother!! lol!!

  7. KrisA

    Great post! A career as a telemetry nurse requires advanced medical knowledge, technical expertise, compassion and strong interpersonal skills to care for patients who may have life-threatening conditions. I found this article that really helpful: