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To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overall and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

  • This course provides a brief summary and overview of the heart's components and functional properties as background for a discussion about EKG interpretation. It also provides guidance on calculating heart rate on the EKG, autonomic nervous system effects, and how to assess sinus rhythm.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Course Overview
  • Terminology
  • Introduction
  • The Heart's Electrophysiologic Properties
  • The Heart's Electrical Conduction and Mechanical Response Systems
  • Interpreting Normal EKG Waveforms
  • How to Calculate Heart Rate on the EKG
  • Autonomic Nervous System Effects
  • Assessing Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with background information on cardiac function and dysrhythmia, as well as practical guidance on the process of EKG interpretation.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the heart's electrophysiologic properties, electrical conduction and mechanical response systems
  • Interpret normal EKG waveforms
  • Calculate heart rate on the EKG
  • Assess the effects of the autonomic nervous system
  • Assess normal sinus rhythm

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