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ECG: introduction

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for nurses in any clinical setting who seek to enhance their knowledge and confidence in ECG interpretation, distinguishing normal ECG from common arrhythmias and life-threatening arrhythmias.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.


RN member $187.50RN non-member $219.50
EN member $153.50EN non-member $186.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • review cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology
  • distinguish between normal and abnormal ECG morphology
  • identify life-threatening ECG rhythms
  • interpret the ECG changes reflecting ischaemia and infarction
  • rationalise the immediate action required when life threatening ECG changes are detected.

Program outline




Welcome and introductions


Introduction and review of cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology

•    anatomy

•    conduction system

•    electrophysiology


Morning tea 


The normal 12-lead ECG

•    PQRST waves

•    QRS complexes

•    measurement of heart rate and intervals

•    leads

•    sinus rhythms

•    anatomical landmarks

•    lead placement

•    troubleshooting

•    axis determination and its implication

•    lead groups




ECG changes related to acute coronary syndromes 

•    ischaemia

•    injury

•    infarction

•    practice ECGs


Afternoon tea


Introduction to arrhythmias and management

•    sinus tachycardia

•    atrial/junctional ectopics

•    atrial tachycardia

•    atrial fibrillation

•    atrial flutter

•    junctional rhythm

•    SVT

•    ventricuar ectopics

•    second degree heart blocks

•    third degree heart block

•    practice



Evaluation and finish