Are you retiring as a military RN and joining the civilian workforce? If so, it’s a great opportunity to enhance your skills or reach for a higher professional level. Consider telemetry nursing.
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What Is Telemetry Nursing?
Certified telemetry nurses provide care for high-risk patients, many of whom have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Patients may be in critical condition, recently released from the intensive care unit of a hospital. Many will be recovering from a heart attack or cardiac arrest and require around-the-clock attention to their heart’s activity.
Telemetry nurses use specialized equipment and technology to monitor and treat patients. For example, they are trained to record and measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats using an electrocardiography (EKG or ECG) device.
Telemetry Nursing Opportunities for Military Veterans
Telemetry nursing is an in-demand specialty that provides frontline care giving. Your military experience as an RN also gives you an advantage. You have your BSN, and it’s probable you’ve already earned the 1,750 hours of relevant work experience needed for your PCCN credential (Progressive Care Certified Nurse). The next step is the exam. You likely have a few months of vacation time accrued, similar to many veterans upon separation from the military. Some of this time could be used to prepare. You can even receive GI Bill reimbursement for the cost of the certification exam.
Military Service Members: Tuition Assistance
An advanced degree can help RNs progress even further, in telemetry or other specialties. The US Military offers numerous programs to help members pursue their education. This includes up to 100% in tuition assistance, scholarships, and grants that can make getting your MSN degree a reality.
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Telemetry Nurse: Salary
Salary will vary according to where in the US you work and your experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary in May 2010 was $64,690, with the top 10 percent earning more than $95,130.
Telemetry Nurse: Job Outlook
Nursing is one of the fastest growing jobs in America. Demand will remain high, with more than 581,500 new RN jobs projected within the next five years.