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Cardiovascular Specialty Courses
Acute Care Management of Stroke – N25307
Course expiration date: 9/30/2022
This course provides nurses with the latest information about stroke including updates in anatomy and assessment and management of the stroke patient in the acute care setting.
Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Therapy – N19048
Course expiration date: 7/13/2021
This educational program illustrates the critical role of blood clotting in maintaining vasculature integrity and various pathologies that can result when inappropriate coagulation occurs. An overview is provided giving insight to the use of representative antiplatelet, anticoagulation and thrombolytic agents to counter improper clotting.
Basic ECG Recognition and Interpretation – N31978
Course Expiration Date: 3/2/2023
This course provides an overview of the most common, basic non-life-threatening rhythms to refresh your knowledge and increase confidence in your rhythm interpretation skills. The course reviews the normal sinus rhythms and the most common cardiac dysrhythmias to help you better understand the effects dysrhythmias have on patients and recommended nursing interventions.
Beyond the Basics: Implications for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) – N21946
Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines will be presented in subsequent courses. Nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in this course.
Cardiac Special Topics: Evaluating the Patient with Elevated Troponin: Case Study Approach – N19007
Troponins have long since been the preferred biomarker of choice in detecting cardiac injury as seen in myocardial infarctions (MIs). The history and clinical context remain crucial in helping to identify the cause of the troponin rise; however, in most cases it is primarily the serial trend of the troponin levels, EKGs, and imaging that lead to a diagnosis. It is imperative that nurses are able to incorporate analysis of troponin levels into their assessment of patients with compromised cardiovascular systems.
Cardiac Special Topics: Evaluation of Abdominal Pain, A Case Study Approach – N19008
Abdominal pain is a common reason patients present in an acute-care setting, representing around 10 million emergency department visits in 2013, according to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Abdominal pain can be accompanied by other symptoms or may exist in isolation. Using a case study approach, this education program provides information to help nurses accurately evaluate abdominal pain and take appropriate nursing action.
Cardiac Special Topics: Fatigue, a Case Study Approach – N18979
Course expiration date: 6/13/2021
Fatigue is a very broad andgeneral symptom that can be present in a host of diseases. It is present inhealthy and nonhealthy individuals alike, and there is no one event that causesit. Most people do not seek acute medical attention for fatigue. However,fatigue can be representative of a serious underlying condition, and it isimportant to stress to patients that prolonged symptoms of fatigue, despiteadequate rest, nutrition, and perceived health should not be ignored. Thiseducation program uses a case study approach to help nurses evaluate fatigueand intervene effectively.
Cardiac Special Topics: Evaluating Cough, A Case Study Approach – N18983
According to the most recent National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey in 2013, a chief complaint of cough represented around five million visits to the emergency department per year (Rui, Kang, & Albert, 2013). It is imperative that nurses are able to thoroughly and accurately assess cough. This course provides information about the clinical significance of cough, how to assess patients who present with cough, and how to facilitate the diagnostic process pertaining to cough.
Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care, 2nd Edition – N31791
Course expiration date: 7/1/2023
This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or that already have cardiovascular disease. The course can serve as a reference for nurses working in cardiovascular areas or provide those desiring to work in cardiovascular areas with an introduction to comprehensive cardiovascular care. Beginning with a foundation of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, the course then progresses into the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. The content presented in the cardiovascular medications and risk factors chapter is referenced throughout the course as cardiovascular disease processes are discussed. Nursing application points in the clinical setting are integrated throughout to help in identifying key issues in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues – N33915
Course expiration date: 4/9/2023
The principles of end-of-life care focus on providing the best possible care and emotional support for patients and families with compassion and respect for the dignity of the patient. This course presents information regarding standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice, body changes as death nears, physical comfort measures at the end-of-life, factors relating to advance directives, and cultural considerations when providing end-of-life care.
Communication in Healthcare – N21876
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course discusses the fundamentals of communication science, impediments to effective communication in healthcare settings, and evidence-based strategies to improve communication with patients. The course also presents nurses with evidence-based strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication with patients, families, and colleagues.
Helping the Patient Who is Obese Find Success, 3rd Edition – N21663
Course expiration date: 2/25/2022
This course provides nurses interacting with obese patients with the knowledge and practices, including communication techniques to foster therapeutic relationships, to help patients manage their health and weight, meet their weight loss goals, and overcome obesity. The course reviews the topic of obesity, its etiology, and the associated health risks, followed by the nursing process, techniques for assessing the patient’s specific problems, planning interventions, and evaluating the results.
Infusion Therapy: Essentials for Safe Practice, 3rd Edition – N35026
Course expiration date: 2/8/2024
This course provides an understanding related to selection of the most appropriate VAD for the patient, potential complications with an emphasis on identification of signs and symptoms, preventative interventions, and interventions to take in the event of occurrence, as well as safe infusion administration. The course is designed for both newer and experienced nurses. Newer or less-experienced nurses will learn the information needed to become knowledgeable and confident in providing infusion therapy-related care. For experienced nurses, the course provides a review of the basics and the opportunity to grow in understanding the professional implications of practicing infusion therapy.
Life Threatening ECG Rhythms: Recognition and Interpretation – N33533
Course expiration date: 3/1/2023
This course serves as an overview of rhythms that may be life-threatening, either immediately or over the longer term for health care providers who have an understanding of cardiac structure, function, the basic features of the most common cardiac rhythms, and basic patient assessment skills. The course reviews many life-threatening dysrhythmias and the appropriate initial nursing interventions for each. Confidence in ECG rhythm interpretation skills will help you communicate accurately with other members of the health care team and provide excellent patient care.
Management of Drug Challenges: Generic vs. Branded Drugs – N28952
Course expiration date: 8/20/2022
This course is appropriate for all nurses and advanced practice nurses who have responsibility for managing or prescribing medications for select individuals. The course addresses the history of brand versus generic drugs, the many controversies, the science behind the preparation differences, and the cost effectiveness of preventative care when using generic versus brand name drugs.
New Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension – N7515
This course is intended to provide a hypertension treatment overview. Safe and effective prescribing decisions must be guided by an in-depth understanding of each agent: how it works, how to dose it, anticipated adverse events, drug interactions, etc. When combination drugs are included, there may be as many as 200 different pharmacological options (both individual agents, as well as combination products) that are approved by the FDA for treatment of hypertension. As a result, this course is designed only to highlight the major categories of therapeutics by identifying key products and characterizing them as a class. In an attempt to provide perspective, an effort was made to provide highlights of clinically meaningful outcomes studies for the various drug classes.
Nursing Management of Atrial Fibrillation – N29566
Course expiration date: 1/16/2023
Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines are presented and nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in the course.
Patient Safety: A Critical Practice Concern – N21203
Course expiration date: 12/17/2021
Safety comes first in patient care and in health-care environments. However, despite the focus on safety in health-care literature and within health-care organizations, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors. It is imperative that nurses and their interdisciplinary colleagues work together to establish a viable culture of safety in their organizations. This course presents the latest National Patient Safety Goals as well as strategies to improve the safety of health-care organizations.
Pharmacological Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Focus on Rate Control Versus Rhythm Control
Course expiration date: 4/8/2022
This course provides best-practice and monitoring criteria for individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF). This includes the Vaughn Williams classification system, as well as first and second-line classes used for rate control in AF. The course describes the mechanisms of action of the first and second-line drugs, as well as drug side-effects and related nursing implications.
Using Evidence in Clinical Nursing Practice – N24927
Course expiration date: 04/23/2022
Evidence-based practice (EBP) relies on the findings of scientific research to modify or develop policies and procedures that incorporate the latest evidence into clinical practice. This course will help nurses incorporate nursing research findings into their EBP for the maximum benefit of patients and the facilitation of professional growth and development.
Women and Cardiovascular Disease, 4th Edition – N32879
Course release date: 1/13/2021
Course expiration date: 1/13/2024
This course helps nurses fill the gap in knowledge concerning CVD in women to ensure that clinical practice and patient education programs are both current and evidence-based. Education is the foundation for empowering women through self-care practices to reduce or eliminate the risk of developing CVD and to control existing disease. Nurses, among other healthcare providers, have increased contact with women, thus putting them in the best position to educate women on CVD. This course focuses on the current state of evidence related to CVD epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention in women to help bridge the knowledge gap among practicing nurses.