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Heart Failure Certification Review Course and Boot Camp

Presented by: Karen Marzlin and Cynthia Webner

Course Description:
This course provides up-to-date, evidence-based practice education specific to heart failure care. This comprehensive educational program will take your heart failure practice to the next level. The program will prepare you for heart failure certification if that is your goal. This Heart Failure Certification Review Course and Boot Camp also provides 14.75 hours of heart failure specific education that will meet criteria for your recertification as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse. The course covers the care of the heart failure patient from outpatient to inpatient management, and from prevention to end of life. Nurses at the point of care, advanced practice nurses, and other disciplines will benefit from this program.

This program is for you if you wish to:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills related to caring for the patient with heart failure.
  • Participate in a review course as you prepare to sit for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses CHFN (Certified Heart Failure Nurse) exam.
  • Participate in Heart Failure specific continuing education.

Course Content:
Session 1 Prerequisite Knowledge Related to the Patient with Heart Failure

  • Heart Sounds
  • Cardiac Dynamics: Cardiac Output and Myocardial Performance
  • Delivery of Oxygen to the Tissues
  • Pulmonary Physiology: Ventilation, Perfusion, Diffusion and Respiratory Failure
  • Fluids and Electrolytes

Session 2 Heart Failure Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Diagnosis

  • Epidemiology
  • Defining Heart Failure: Staging, NYHA Classification
  • Neurohormonal Response
  • Pathophysiology of RV Failure
  • Assessment: H/P, Physical Assessment Findings
  • Diagnosis: Echocardiography, Radiology, Laboratory Evaluation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Session 3 Treatment Strategies in the Patient with Heart Failure

  • Treatment strategies based on Staging of Heart Failure
  • Medications: Betablockers, ACE Inhibitors/Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers, Entresto, Aldosterone Antagonists, Hydralazine/ Isosorbide Dinitrate, Digoxin, Ivabradine, Diuretics
    Fluid Restrictions, Sodium Restrictions
  • Non-Pharmacologic Treatment Strategies: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, Implantable Defibrillators, CardioMEMs
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Considerations in HFpEF
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Treatment Strategies

Session 4 Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

  • Admission Considerations
  • Clinical Presentations: Warm/Wet, Cold/Dry, Cold/Wet
  • Pulmonary Artery Catheter
  • Treatment Strategies Based on Presentation (including RV Failure)
  • Temporary Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Discharge Decision Making

Session 5 Stage D Advanced Heart Failure

  • Defining Advanced Heart Failure
  • Prognostic Models
  • Decision Making: Palliative vs. Hospice Care
  • Advanced Treatment Strategies: Home Inotropic Therapy, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiac Transplant

Session 6 Patient Education and Professional Issues in Heart Failure

  • Education: Self-Care Management Strategies, Barriers, Medications, Daily weights/self-assessment, Response to symptoms, Diet and Nutrition, Sodium and Fluids, Activity
  • Care Giver Burden
  • Readmissions
  • Quality Improvement
  • Professional / Ethical Issues

Session 7 Co-Morbid Conditions Impacting the Patient with Heart Failure

  • Obesity
  • Anemia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Depression
  • Valvular Heart Disease: Aortic Stenosis, Mitral Regurgitation
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Injury/li>
  • COPD
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep Disorder Breathing

Session 8 Cardiomyopathies Resulting in Heart Failure

  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathies
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic RV Dysplasia
  • Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Review key physiologic and assessment principles impacting the assessment and care of the heart failure patient.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of heart failure and how the body’s compensatory mechanisms contribute to progression of heart failure.
  • Contrast pathophysiology for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
  • Describe the NYHA classification system and the ACC/AHA stages of heart failure.
  • Recognize heart failure through physical assessment and diagnostic test results.
  • Discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of all stages of heart failure based on current evidence-based guidelines.
  • Differentiate the 3 primary presentations of acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Outline treatment strategies for acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Compare treatment options in the patient with Stage D Heart Failure.
  • Review patient education and self-care management strategies for heart failure patients.
  • Consider implementation strategies to improve the coordination of the delivery of comprehensive heart failure care.
  • Describe different cardiomyopathies that can lead to the development of heart failure.
  • Recognize the impact of comorbid conditions on the development and continued impact of heart failure.

Continuing Education:
14.75 hours of continuing education (contact hours) are offered with this program and this includes 2.0 pharmacology hours. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

Course Price:
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