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RN Telemetry Regional Float Pool
Ref No.: 15-00661
Location: San Diego, California
Position Type:Contract
Experience Level: 1 Years
Start Date / End Date: 12/07/2015 to 03/05/2016
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.