Heart Failure Certification Review

Program Description

This one-day program is designed for nurses and other health care professionals who work with heart failure patients. It is especially appropriate for those who want to take the heart failure certification exam offered by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Content is based on the exam blueprint and covers the following topics:

  • Definitions of heart failure, systolic and diastolic failure
  • Risk factors for developing heart failure
  • Pathophysiology of heart failure, compensatory mechanisms in heart failure, and how both contribute to progression of heart failure
  • Patient assessment: signs and symptoms of fluid overload and of perfusion status; laboratory assessment
  • Classification systems used in heart failure (NYHA and ACC/AHA stages)
  • Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of all stages of heart failure based on current evidence-based guidelines from the Heart Failure Society of America and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association
  • Decompensated heart failure: recognition and management
  • Mechanical circulatory assist devices in advanced heart failure
  • Patient education and self-care, use of “teach back” in patient education

Whether you are studying for the certification exam or just want to improve your knowledge and skills related to caring for heart failure patients, this class is for you!

Program Objectives

  1. Define heart failure and discuss the differences between systolic and diastolic failure.
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology of heart failure and how the body’s compensatory mechanisms contribute to progression of heart failure.
  3. Describe the NYHA classification system and the ACC/AHA stages of heart failure
  4. Recognize heart failure patients through physical assessment and lab results.
  5. Discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of all stages of heart failure based on current evidence-based guidelines.
  6. Recognize decompensated heart failure and discuss its management.
  7. Summarize patient education and self-care promotion with heart failure patients.

This program is approved for 8 contact hours by CNEA. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider Number 15714.
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Contact CNEA at info@cardionursing.com