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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. 1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2Acute 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}ahs.ca

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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.

Context

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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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.