Full Course Description
Cardiac Nursing Essentials
Cardiovascular Assessment: Critical Clues You Should NEVER Miss
- Neck Vein Evaluation
- What does the Blood Pressure Really Mean?
- Don’t Miss a Beat Interpreting Heart Sounds
- Significant Murmurs
Cardiovascular Drug Cabinet: Know Your Alphabet
- Aldosterone Blockers
- New Anticoagulants
- Beta Blockers
- Calcium Channel Blockers
- Pressor Agents
- Manipulating the Cardiac Output Equation
Essentials of 12-Lead EKG Interpretation
- Location, Location, Location!
- Utilizing a Systematic Approach
- Normal vs. Abnormal
- P Waves
- T Waves
- ST Segment
- Clues to Determining Right & Left Bundle Branch Blocks
- Determining QRS Axis & Deviation
- R-Wave Progression
Life-Threatening EKG Changes: Clues from the 12-Lead
- 5-Step Method for Finding Myocardial Ischemia & Injury
- Spectrum of Coronary Artery Ischemia
- STEMI and NSTEMI – What’s the Difference
Acute Coronary Syndromes: Diagnosis & Current Management Guidelines
- Cardiac Labs
- EKG Identification of Infarct Location
- Management Guidelines: Identifying the Differences
- Employ proper technique for measuring jugular vein distention (JVD).
- Contrast systolic and diastolic murmurs by where they fall in the S1/S2 cardiac cycle.
- List 3 benefits of beta blockers in a patient with coronary artery disease.
- Identify benefits for patients using blood thinners in atrial fibrillation that is not related to valve dysfunction.
- Differentiate findings on the 12-lead EKG to determine if a patient has axis deviation and what health care issues that may identify.
- Evaluate findings in common cardiac labs, such as CKMB, Troponin, BNP/Pro-BNP levels.
- Recognize 2 tools of recognition and 4 rapid interventions for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
Cardiac Disorders & Diagnostics
- Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure using a simple hand gesture to recognize ventricular dysfunction for each.
- Simulate heart failure using the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology tool and identify intervention goals for each stage.
- Compare and contrast the use of the Impella device and intra-aortic balloon pumps in severe cardiac impairment.
- Employ a simple monitoring technique to help differentiate if the patient is having an atrial dysrhythmia or not.
- Identify EKG clues to patients having aberrant pathways.
- Breakdown Takotsubo as a type of dilated cardiomyopathy and state interventions to bridge that diagnosis to a return of normal ventricular function.
- Recognize changes in Hypothermia Protocol and lessons that have been learned through the years to achieve better outcomes.
The Failing Heart: HF Diagnosis & Current Management Priorities
- Systolic vs. Diastolic Heart Failure
- Classification Systems
- Medication Management
- Biventricular Pacing & Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
- Ventricular Assist Devices
- Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump & Impellas
Fast & Slow Dysrhythmias
- Choosing Your Monitor Leads Wisely
- Using the Lewis Lead
- Identifying AV Passive & Active Tachycardias
- Identifying Aberrant Pathways
- Atrial Fibrillation with WPW
- AV Node Re-entry Tachycardia
- Mono and Polymorphic V-Tachs
- Heart Blocks
Cardiomyopathies & Channelopathies
- Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathies
- Takotsubo Syndrome
- Brugada Syndrome
- LQTS & Other Channelopathies
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
- LBBB & Ventricular Paced Rhythms
- Early Repoloarization
- Prinzmetal (Variant) Angina
- Hypo & Hyperkalemia
- Hypothermia Protocol