Acute Cardiovascular Conditions

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About the Course

This comprehensive course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients with acute cardiovascular disease. With today's prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in its reduction. Nursing application points in the clinical setting are highlighted throughout to help learners identify key issues in the care of patients with acute cardiovascular disease. Recognizing patients at risk for acute cardiovascular conditions and taking the initiative to educate patients about the behavioral and non-behavioral cardiovascular risk factors can enhance prevention and management strategies aimed to control the prevalence of the disease. In addition to using nursing education as a primary prevention strategy, nurses must also be aware of initial assessment and management strategies for patients with cardiovascular disease in the acute phase. 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Discuss the comprehensive nursing management of acute coronary syndromes.
  • Describe current strategies for the management of acute heart failure.
  • Describe common, acute dysrhythmias in the patient with cardiovascular disease.
  • Describe management of the patient in shock.
  • Discuss the comprehensive management of patients with common acute cardiac emergencies.
  • Discuss the indications for, and the benefits and potential complications of, cardiac revascularization.

About the Author:
Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE

Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Nurse Practitioner program at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (LSUH-NO) School of Nursing. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing after successfully implementing her DNP project - Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adult via a Multiprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool - within a 430-bed community hospital. Her DNP concentrated in nursing education and AGACNP practice. Dr. Fowler has more than 16 years of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) with specialty certification as a Critical Care RN. Dr. Fowler has received multiple local and state-wide awards recognizing her expertise in nursing education and critical care nursing. She serves as an active member and is on the board of multiple state and regional nursing and medical organizations in pursuit of the advancement of nursing practice and the profession in general. 
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