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Nursing Education and Professional Development

BA Test Preparation Instructions: Module 1

Helpful hints for both VUMC and Non-VUMC Staff to successfully pass Basic Arrhythmia Module 1 Test.

VUMC Staff VUMC Staff:
Please refer to the Basic Arrhythmia Course Manual from Clinical Orientation
 
Non-VUMC Staff Non-VUMC Staff:
To receive a Basic Arrhythmia Course Manual, please contact:
Amanda Cupples, Program Coordinator
Nursing Education and Professional Development
615/936-1591 or amanda.c.cupples@vanderbilt.edu

Follow the steps outlined below to prepare for the Basic Arrhythmia Module 1 Test.  
A passing score is 85% or higher.

Step One
Review the overall course objectives on page 2 of the Basic Arrhythmia Course Manual, which state:

1. Describe and label the conduction system of the heart.
2. Correlate waves and complexes of the electrocardiogram (ECG) with electrical activity of the heart.
3. Accurately identify complexes, measure intervals, and calculate rates of select tracings.
4. State the normal values of the PR interval and QRS width.
5. Identify factors affecting the QT interval.
6. Utilize the PR interval and QRS width in identifying pacemaker sites of rhythms.
7. List the identifying features of dysrhythmias presented.
8. Describe and identify location of conduction delays and blocks utilizing the PR interval and QRS width.
9. Recognize and name rhythm disturbances presented in class.
10. Identify clinical signs and symptoms indicative of decreased cardiac output resulting from arrhythmias. 
11. Identify therapeutic management for select arrhythmias as noted below.

Focus on Chapter 1 of the Basic Arrhythmia Course Manual, including completion of the practice activities on page 14 with test expectations to accurately determine:

  • PP interval
  • RR interval
  • Atrial rate (for both regular and irregular rhythms)
  • Ventricular rate (for both regular and irregular rhythms)
  • PR interval
  • QRS composition
  • QRS width
  • QT interval

Step Two
Complete the review questions for each chapter.  The questions are located on pages 134-146 of the Basic Arrhythmia Course Manual.

Step Three
Work through at least 30 to 40 of the 117 practice tracings in the basic arrhythmia course manual (pages 66-111).  Note that a complete key is provided for all 117 practice tracings.

 

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