Basic ECG Interpretation (ECG)

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Understanding and interpreting cardiac rhythms can prove to be more challenging than anticipated. Basic ECG Interpretation (ECG) equips nurses with knowledge essential for quickly identifying potential cardiac threats and responding appropriately — which promotes optimal patient outcomes. Ideal for critical care nurses, cardiac technicians and other healthcare professionals working with monitored patients, ECG:

  • Provides detailed content on cardiac anatomy and physiology, ECG equipment, lead placement, ECG waveforms and intervals, dysrhythmia analysis and interpretation, and troubleshooting pacemakers.
  • Uses interactive content, engaging exercises and illustrations to impart knowledge and teach students not only the “how” but also the “why.”
  • Includes extensive rhythm strip identification practice to build competency.
  • Features real-life case studies to deepen learner understanding and sharpen clinical skills.
  • Breaks down dysrhythmia interpretation by key focus area and concludes with an assessment that demonstrates subject matter proficiency.

Used by hundreds of hospitals and nursing schools around the country, ECG is offered as a stand-alone course or can be combined with Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) for a comprehensive introduction to high-acuity patient care.  

What your peers have to say about Basic ECG Interpretation from AACN:

“… an excellent teaching tool with a great review and reference for anatomy and physiology ...”
— Prasama Sangkachand, RN, Unit-Based Educator • New Haven, CT

“It’s more in-depth [than classroom learning] ... and staff
members do not have to wait for the next course.”
— Sally Pierce, RN, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Development Manager • Topeka, KS

Content Overview

The Basic ECG Interpretation course includes 10 lessons divided into two modules and takes approximately 6.5 hours to complete. The lessons provide in-depth, interactive content with rich graphics and animations that keep learners engaged. The first module contains four lessons that serve as a foundation for the second module on dysrhythmia analysis. Lessons are embedded with downloadable documents for handy offline reference. ECG also includes a comprehensive online notebook with objectives, outlines, glossary and ECG practice strips.

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Course Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, learners will be able to:

Identify components of the ECG waveform.
Employ a systematic process to evaluate and analyze ECG rhythm strips.
Recognize common ECG dysrhythmias.
Understand the common causes, consequences and patient management strategies for ECG dysrhythmias.



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