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Acute Coronary Syndrome and Vascular Disease
This course focuses on key aspects of peripheral vascular disease as well as cardiovascular disease and a full discussion of acute coronary syndromes. Join us as we discuss the impact of vascular disease on the heart as well as the rest of the body. Learn to recognize the difference between venous and arterial disease and understand which situation requires prompt attention. This course includes a full discussion contrasting similarities and differences in the 3 ACS diagnoses of STEMI, NSTEMI, and unstable angina. The information is presented in a way that helps the learner sort out these various disease processes and provides practical tips that you can directly apply at the bedside. This course will enhance your current clinical knowledge and strengthen your critical thinking at the bedside.
Please Note: This course is part of the Everything Cardiac Course and is also part of the Acute and Critical Care Core Curriculum Learning Plan and the Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Learning Plan.
Arterial and Venous Disease
There is a high prevalence of vascular disease in the patients we serve and there are serious associated clinical consequences. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the recognition and management of common clinical problems in patients with arterial and venous disease. Course content includes discussions on peripheral arterial disease, critical limb ischemia, acute arterial occlusion, aortic aneurysms, venous thromboembolic disease, and pulmonary embolism.
Please Note: This short course is part of the Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification Review Course and is being offered as an individual CE offering for those not purchasing the CVN Review Course.
CAD: What’s New in the Evaluation of Chest Pain and Revascularization Recommendations
This course is Part of a 4 course Webinar Series called Level Up for Excellence. This series was designed to help you stay current in your practice with the vast amount of evidence-based information available. We know you need the most current information to care for and manage increasingly complex patients with acute and chronic illness. We synthesize the latest information for you and present relevant and practical applications. Knowledge is power but wisdom is lifesaving, and wisdom is what you will gain in this webinar series. During this particular course the most recent guideline updates related to the care of patients with coronary artery disease and those undergoing revascularization will be discussed. Join Karen as she walks you through the new Chest Pain Guidelines, and discusses the latest in formation in the treatment of CAD and offers practical tips for implementation. This course is appropriate for nurses and advanced practice nurse who care for patients with actual or suspected coronary artery disease.
Cardiac Arrhythmia Management: Beyond the Basics
This course will sharpen your rhythm interpretation skills and give you certainty in response to a change in your patient’s cardiac rhythm. This is a comprehensive rhythm management course taking you beyond the basics in arrhythmia recognition and management. The course will take a deeper dive into recognizing bradycardias and heart blocks, atrial fibrillation, narrow and wide complex SVTs, and prolonged QT disorders that will strengthen your current knowledge. The course is appropriate for advanced practice nurses, nurses, and monitor technicians who want to expand their current knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias in adult patients beyond the basics.
Prerequisite Knowledge: Basic understanding of cardiac conduction and basic arrhythmia interpretation (P waves, QRS complexes, normal intervals).
Please Note: This course is part of the Institute of Excellence in Cardiovascular Essentials Learning Plan and the Advanced Practice Package.
Cardiac Diagnostics Course
Accurate diagnosis occurs with strong skills in history gathering, advanced physical assessment and the selection of appropriate diagnostic testing. This course will take you through a journey of learning and discovery as we discuss diagnostic testing used when presented with a patient with a possible cardiac disorder. From the evaluation of chest pain or a new murmur in the office to the evaluation of acute changes presenting in the Emergency Department or inpatient setting, this course will cover most of the common diagnostic tools used to move quickly and efficiently to a diagnosis that is achieved without unnecessary testing. The program will cover the most recent evidence-based guidelines on assessment of chest pain with stress testing, nuclear imaging with CT, MRI, or invasive cardiac angiography. Utilizing evidence-based guidelines throughout the course we will review many different cardiac disorders and discuss the decision making behind the right test at the right time. Case studies will enhance your learning journey. The new level of knowledge and skills gained will not only impact your confidence but with impact patient care decision making.
Please Note: This course is included in the Advanced Practice Package Learning Plan and part of the Institute of Excellence for Cardiac Essentials Learning Plan.
Cardiac Intensive: Beyond the Basics
This 2-day program is a conference like no other cardiac conference. As the title implies, the course will go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the nuances of cardiovascular disorders – giving new insights into common conditions and situations that may not be so common and creating awareness for problems often overlooked. This course will challenge you to look at physical assessment and diagnostics differently as you engage in enhanced learning. Advanced considerations with valvular heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathies and acute coronary syndromes will be discussed. This course includes a special section on The Connected Heart to address the impact of the brain, the lungs and the kidneys on CV disease. A section on arrhythmia recognition and treatment and obstructive shock states rounds out the course. This content is presented at an advanced level aligned with the advanced practice role. This program is also appropriate to enhance knowledge for all nurses wanting to be challenged in their practice.
Please Note: This course is included in the Advanced Practice Package Learning Plan.
Cardiac Medicine Review
This comprehensive cardiac nursing course is designed to supplement a critical care/progressive care/telemetry nursing orientation or residency program in the hospital setting and is an excellent review course for experienced nurses working with cardiac patients in any inpatient or outpatient setting. It also serves as a review course for the Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC) exam offered by AACN. Course content is based on the blueprint for the CMC exam and provides in-depth and evidence-based information related to the care of adult cardiac patients.
Please Note: This course serves as the primary course in the Cardiac Medicine Certification Preparation Program.
In this course you will strengthen your confidence, your clinical skills, and your clinical decision making in the areas of physical exam (including heart sound assessment), rhythm interpretation (including pacemaker evaluation), interpretation of hemodynamic data, use of vasoactive medications, targeted temperature management, and the care of patients requiring left ventricular assist devices (IABP, Impella). This course will enhance your current knowledge and take your practice to the next level. From novice to expert, everyone will finish this course with new information that can be applied at the bedside. Do you want to strengthen your confidence in your cardiovascular clinical practice? Are you challenged with the “sicker” cardiac patient and worry that you might be missing key components in the assessment and care of these patients?
Please Note: This course is part of the Everything Cardiac Course as well as the Acute and Critical Care Core Curriculum and Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Courses.
Cardiac Vascular Comprehensive Course
This comprehensive cardiovascular nursing course is designed to serve as a preparatory course for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Cardiovascular Nursing Certification (CVN). In addition to preparing nurses for this examination, this program can also serve as a great review course for more experienced nurses or an orientation course for new nurses working with patients with cardiovascular disease. Some have also found this content to be helpful for nurses in a CV nursing residency program. The course is especially good for nurses working in a progressive care or telemetry unit with CV patients as well as nurses working in Cardiac Rehabilitation, outpatient cardiac clinicals or office practices. Course content is based on the most recent 2020 blueprint for the ANCC CVN Examination and provides in-depth and evidence-based information related to the care of adult cardiac patients.
Please Note: This course serves as the primary course in the Cardiac Vascular Comprehensive Preparation Program.
“Thank you!! There is so much I didn’t realize I DIDN’T know but am glad to be increasing my knowledge so much. Great teaching, was easy to understand. I love printing ALL the PDF’s out for myself. Having the hard copy to study at my own pace helps my comprehension, then watching the videos as it all comes together.” — S.J.R.
“This was presentation was an excellent review. It was informative and thorough. I plan on recommending such review to my colleagues.” — N.L.
“Well delivered and evidence based. Explained in detailand easy to follow with thehandouts.” — O.F.
Cardiovascular Risk Factors
According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with one person dying every 37 seconds from cardiovascular disease. Nurses play a crucial role in reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease through risk factor education and counseling. This cardiovascular risk factor course will discuss the AHA Life’s Simple 7, the impact of activity on CV health, tobaccoism, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and sleep disorder breathing. Nurse who have a better understanding of these risk factors will be better equipped to help patient’s move to a healthier version of themselves.
Please Note: This short course was recorded as part of the Cardiac Vascular Nursing Certification Review Course and is being offered as an individual CE offering for those not purchasing the CVN Review Course.
CV Pathophysiology and Disease State Management
With so many disease processes affecting the cardiovascular system it can be difficult wading through all the information. This course provides a “one stop shop” to review cardiovascular pathophysiology including arterial and venous disease, Acute Coronary Syndromes, heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and inflammatory heart disease. The information is presented in a way that helps the learner sort out these various disease processes recognizing how they are independently important but also how they interconnect as many patients have more than one of these disorders. Throughout the program you will learn practical tips that you can directly apply at the bedside. This course will enhance your current clinical knowledge and strengthen your critical thinking at the bedside.
Please Note: This course is part of the Everything Cardiac Course and the Acute and Critical Care Core Curriculum Course and the Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Course.
This course provides a comprehensive cardiac review to update and refresh your knowledge. This course will expand and your expertise in caring for cardiac patients including up to date information on patient management and a thorough review of cardiac skills. This course includes a comprehensive discussion of cardiovascular pathophysiology of many cardiac disorders including Acute Coronary Syndromes peripheral venous and arterial disease, aortic aneurysms, heart failure, valvular heart disease, congenital cardiac disorders, cardiomyopathies, and inflammatory heart disease. Cardiac skills including the bedside cardiac assessment with a special section on heart sounds, review of dysrhythmias, pacemakers, QT interval monitoring, ventricular assist devices targeted temperature management, pulmonary artery catheters and hemodynamic monitoring will be discussed. This course is packed with clinical applications and practice pearls that you will give you with confidence to practice with excellence.
Everything Heart Failure: Training and Review Course
Join us on this journey of discovery as we merge the art and the science of heart failure care to impact the lives of millions of patients and those who love them. No one will finish this training and review course empty handed. This program is for nurses at the point of care, leaders, educators, advanced practice providers, and all members of the interdisciplinary team who care for patients with heart failure in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Your practice will change as you intentionally translate new knowledge into wisdom that can be applied to impact outcomes. This course provides up to date, evidence-based practice education specific to heart failure care with a most recent update with the most current Heart Failure guidelines. The course covers the care of the heart failure patient from prevention to end of life and in all settings throughout the continuum.
If your goal is heart failure certification this course will prepare you. If you are already certified, our Everything Heart Failure: Training and Review Course provides 17.15 hours of heart failure specific education that will also meet criteria for your recertification as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse.
Please Note: This course serves as the primary course in the Heart Failure Certification Preparation Program.
“I missed the CHFN exam by 2 points in October. I was really upset and knew that I needed to refresh and to refocus as much as I could prior to reattempting the exam. I found the CHFN boot camp online and was so pleased with how it was presented along with the practice tests. It was just the format that I needed. After reviewing and further studying, I retook the exam last week, and passed it! I highly recommend this boot-camp course. Many, many thanks!” — M.A.
“It is very helpful to utilize a case study, to help illustrate concepts and put them together. I especially appreciated the detailed info on medications, device therapy and patient education, since I work mostly in the outpatient setting. I also work in cardiac rehab with heart failure patients, and have been very impressed at how that can greatly benefit patients by helping them improve exercise tolerance, diet adherence, medication adherence, diabetes management and depression.” — J.K.
“This course exceeded my expectations. I felt that there was so much information that I wanted to retain, that I will go back and review the material again. I am impressed with the knowledge of the presenters, as well as their ability to present the material in a manner that was easy to understand. I very much appreciated their willingness to share their experiences.” — C.D.
Heart Failure, Valve Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, and Inflammatory Diseases
This course focuses on key aspects of heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and inflammatory heart disease. Join us as we take time to discover the differences in these disorders but also what connects them as our cardiac patients be impacted by more than one abnormal CV pathophysiology. The information is presented in a way that helps the learner sort out these various disease processes and provides practical tips that you can directly apply at the bedside. This course will enhance your current clinical knowledge and strengthen your critical thinking at the bedside.
Please Note: This course is part of the Everything Cardiac Course and is also part of the Acute and Critical Care Core Curriculum Learning Plan and the Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Learning Plan. The Comprehensive CV Pathophysiology Course includes ACS and Vascular Disease.
Institute of Excellence for Cardiac Essentials
Institute of Excellence for Cardiac Essentials will lead you to a level of cardiovascular expertise providing your with confidence in clinical decision making. This program will teach you in a way that equips you with understanding rather than mere memorization. Moving you from knowledge to wisdom in clinical practice. You will be inspired by instructors who have a passion for clinical practice and compassion for the patients they serve. The Institute of Excellence in Cardiovascular Essentials provides 5 essential courses that will enhance your practice and bring it to a new level of excellence.
The 5 courses included are:
- Cardiovascular Pharmacology
- Cardiac Arrhythmia Management
- 12 Lead ECG: From Novice to Expert
- Cardiac Diagnostics
- Hemodynamics and Shock States
Shock States and Hemodynamics
This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skill needed to finally understand hemodynamic changes in your patient with the use of clinical assessment and if present, hemodynamic monitoring data. Early recognition of the subtle hemodynamic changes in early shock can greatly impact patient outcomes. This comprehensive course will take you through a step-by-step process in the understanding of hemodynamic data both with and without invasive monitoring. During the course you will learn to systematically evaluate the components of cardiac output with physical assessment data and with data received from an invasive catheter. Obtaining data will be linked to a critical analysis of that data to determine the patient’s hemodynamic status and differentiate hypovolemic shock, from cardiogenic shock and distributive shock states. This class provides a framework for the analysis of hemodynamic data using left ventricular function curves and hemodynamic subsets to determine patient status, understand appropriate therapy, and monitor the patient’s response to therapy. Case studies are used to enhance learning. This course will equip you with the knowledge you need to act quickly and with confidence with the recognition of hemodynamic changes identifying shock states.
Please Note: This course is part of the Institute of Excellence for Cardiac Essentials Learning Plan.
The Connected Heart
The systems of the body work in concert with each other. When one system falters others are impacted. The heart, the lungs, the kidneys and the entire vascular system are reliant on each other. Patents with heart disease often suffer from pulmonary and renal disorders. Additionally, vascular disease does not often just target the heart resulting in vascular disease in other areas of the body as well. This program focuses on the interconnectedness of these systems and the importance of understanding that interaction to better treat and care for our cardiac patients.
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