Nursing: Cardiac Special Topics: Evaluating the Patient with Elevated Troponin: A Case Study Approach

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About the Course

The target audience forthis education program is nurses who want to increase their abilities toevaluate patients with elevated troponins.


  1. Discuss the significanceof troponins.
  2. Analyze differentialsand differences in the patient examinations.
  3. Identify commonpitfalls and assumptions when evaluating patients with elevated troponins.


About the Author

Leslie E. Janik, MSN,ARNP, ACNP-BC

Leslie E. Janik is aninstructor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville,Florida. She has been a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner in thedivision of cardiovascular diseases at Mayo Clinic since 2005, when she helped establisha cardiovascular inpatient service. She works closely with the fellowship andresidency programs and has assisted in developing protocols for the cardiologyhospital and clinic practice. Ms. Janik is also part of the administrative teamwithin her department and is supervisor to the cardiovascular advanced practiceproviders. She received her BSN from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois,and her MSN with an acute care specialization from the University of Florida.Her nursing experience included neurology, heart and lung transplantation, andcardiology. In addition to her current role in cardiology, she has worked as anacute care nurse practitioner in both neurology and plastic surgery. She is amember of the Chest Pain Committee at Mayo Clinic, Florida, the AmericanAcademy of Nurse Practitioners, and has been published in the online journalAdvance for NPs & PAs.

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