Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide nurses with a step-by-step approach to rhythm analysis and interpretation to enhance their ability to recognize and interpret cardiac dysrhythmias. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the components of the cardiac conduction system, incorporating cardiac anatomy and physiology.
  • Interpret and analyze ECG strips and determine rate, regularity, and rhythm.
  • Identify rhythms originating in the sinus node and atria, atrioventricular (AV) node, and ventricles, and discuss their significance and treatment.
  • Recognize Type I, II, and III AV blocks and discuss their significance and treatment.
  • Identify potentially life-threatening rhythms and discuss initial interventions/approach to treatment.
  • Explain the relationship between coronary blood flow, myocardial infarction, and associated ECG findings.

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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