Nursing: Beyond the Basics: Implications for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

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About the Course

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) with regard to cardiac output.
  2. Define the risk factors for the development of AF.
  3. Relate the history and physical assessment for AF to case studies.
  4. Identify the diagnostic evaluation for AF.
  5. Distinguish between paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent/chronic atrial fibrillation.
  6. Describe the complications of AF.
  7. Discuss the basic principles of pharmacologic management of AF.


About the Author
Therese Jamison DNP, ACNP-BC
Therese Jamison DNP, ACNP-BC is the founding director of nursing at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Vanderbilt University and formally was educated at The University of Michigan (post master’s acute care nurse practitioner) and Wayne State University (MSN/BSN).  She has been an associate of Ascension-St John-Providence Health Care System since 1981. Dr. Jamison has spent her entire nursing career in critical care nursing with an emphasis caring for patients with cardiac illnesses. She is currently practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in cardiovascular surgery (since 2005) and formally in the area of cardiology since 1998.

Dr. Jamison has an extensive history as an educator for undergraduate (BSN) as well as primary and acute care nurse practitioner students since 1994. She has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice with a focus on cardiology, nursing education, and quality improvement initiatives.

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