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Adult nursing
Providing contextual and high-quality ECG training to nurses is essential for their expanding scope of practice
  1. Shaminder Singh1,
  2. Sumeeta Kapoor2
  1. 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Acute Pain Services, Department of Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Sumeeta Kapoor, Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB T2N 4C8, Canada; sumeeta.kapoor{at}

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Commentary on: Chen Y, Kunst E, Nasrawi D, Massey D, Johnston AN, Keller K, Fengzhi Lin F. Nurses’ competency in electrocardiogram interpretation in acute care settings: A systematic review. J Adv Nurs 2022.

Implications for practice and research

  • Providing high-quality ECG training to nurses with renewal certifications is essential for their expanding scope of practice.

  • Exploring nurses’ ECG attitude, knowledge and skills can aid in defining ECG competencies, standardising assessment approaches and tools, and developing high-quality ECG training modules.


Health assessment is vital for nursing clinical judgements. Nurses rely on a multitude of sources, methods and skills to identify, assess, interpret, predict, monitor and evaluate patient health status.1 The ECG is a non-invasive robust tool to offer relatively prompt access to heart activity to nurses and other healthcare providers. Yet, a high level of proficiency is warranted to …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.