Description and Target Audience: This advanced workshop is designed to provide experienced Nurses, Paramedics, and other healthcare professionals with criteria to use the electrocardiogram as a primary diagnostic tool.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and define the electrical events recorded by the EKG.
  • Identify normal vs. abnormal electrical axis of the QRS.
  • Identify bundle branch blocks vs. fascicular blocks.
  • Identify patterns of cardiac ischemia and infarction.
  • Identify cardiac chamber enlargement and hypertrophy.
  • Identify medication effects and electrolyte imbalances.
  • Identify Myocardial Infarction mimickers


Janice Alexander RN BS CWCN, Critical Care Clinical Educator
Nursing Education, CoxHealth, Springfield, MO
We reserve the right to substitute instructors


7:45-8:00         Registration
8:00-8:45         The Basics
8:45-9:00         Break
9:00-10:15       Step-by-Step Method
10:15-10:45    P  Waves
10:45-11:30     Bundle Branch Block
11:30-12:15     Lunch (on your own)
12:15-1:15       ST Segment Abnormalities
1:15-2:15         Q Wave Abnormalities
2:15-2:30         Break
2:30-3:00         Atrial & Ventricular Hypertrophy
3:00-3:30         T Waves
3:30-4:00         Electrical Axis & Fascicular Block
4:00-4:30         Miscellaneous Conditions
4:30                 Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjourn

Testing: None

Course Length: 8 hours

Certification Length: None

Educational Credit:

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7.25 Contact Hours

CoxHealth – Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS.  This activity has been approved for 8.0 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met.  Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through course attendance.  Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends.  In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk, turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program, and demonstrate the skills necessary to complete this course.

Includes: Course Syllabus

Fee: $125.00

Information presented during this activity represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity. No Off Label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

All speakers and planning committee members for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies.  Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

September 11, 2012 – 8am-4:30pm
Cox South
Education Center