What Do You Really Need To Get A Job As An Ekg Technician?

Of course it is important to have the proper EKG tech training and education and skills in order to obtain employment, but there are other qualities and traits that are equally as important if not more so. One of the things that you will need to be a natural at is interacting with people, your “people skills.” You will be working closely with patients in a one-on-one environment and being able to show understanding and compassion for what they are going through in a situation where they may be afraid and nervous is extremely important. Not only do you need to greet them professionally, you need to put them at ease so that they will be as relaxed as possible for the testing.

Excellent Listening Skills

This type of testing can be extremely stressful for a patient, so you will need to be sure that you are really listening to what they are saying. You need to be attentive to their needs and not allow yourself to get so focused on the test and your instrumentation that you forget there is another person there with you. Smile, explain what is going to happen and what is happening, make good eye contact, and above all, listen to what they are saying.

Attention to Detail

This may actually be the most important of all. You will be responsible for monitoring the status of a live heart and your results are what the doctor will be using to make his diagnosis. It is of vital importance that you be vigilant when you’re collecting your data and you pay attention to smallest of details. Both the patient and physician are counting on you, your skill set, and your perception to the smallest of errors that could occur with the sensors.

Documentation and Technology Skills

It is important, since your findings and readings are what will be reported to the patient’s physician for analyzation, that you are able to keep all of your records accurately. In case of an audit, having all your documentation collated and stored properly will save you and the hospital or clinic you are employed by from numerous problems. You will also be required to be able to work competently with a number of machines and computers before, during, and after the testing process. Working as an EKG technician can be rewarding, both personally and financially. Altamont Healthcare offers small classes we you can receive individualized instruction and be on your way to a new career in the healthcare field in just a couple of months.