TELEMETRY Requirements and Duties

Telemetry nurses work in a challenging and rewarding environment. With one to one patient interaction, you'll experience a caring element to the job.

Telemetry nurses care for patients by using medical equipment to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, breathing rate, and other vital signs. Commonly, these patients have recently undergone surgery.

Also known as: Stepdown, Direct Observation Unit (DOU), Progressive Care Unit (PCU)


  • Active BLS and ACLS from the American Heart Association
  • Active professional license within the state of practice
  • EKG certification is recommended and/or a special test may be required, NIHSS (stroke scale) is also recommended
  • Specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
  • Experience as an Telemetry nurse
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as an RN