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Cardiovascular diseases and related complications are among the most common chronic conditions in the adult population. Nurses must stay current in relevant clinical information to meet the needs of their patients. This comprehensive 20-hour CE bundle will provide the learner with both overview and disease-specific content, including: Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Nursing, Understanding Hypertension, Cardiovascular Pharmacology and ECG Interpretation. 

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Understanding Hypertension: Treatment and Management

Price: $26.95  
Item # N1717  

Release Date: September 22, 2016

Expiration Date: September 30, 2019

Hypertension (HTN) is a common disease that affects millions of Americans without any warning. It is defined as a persistent elevated blood pressure and is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, thus early detection is imperative. Increasing screening and diagnosis of HTN, and improving control of BP with appropriate treatment are important preventative measures to reduce CV morbidity and mortality. Therefore, a systematic understanding of the management of HTN is essential for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) working in direct patient care to help further improve HTN control.

The purpose of this course is to increase the knowledge of APRNs on the diagnosis, counseling, and management of HTN. Management of treatment-resistant HTN is beyond the scope of this course. After completion of this course, APRNs will be able to select and implement appropriate first-line and add-on treatment for the management of HTN based on current evidence-based practice guidelines. They will be able to identify appropriate therapeutic goals based on stages of HTN and comorbidities. Additionally, they will be able to provide effective education and counseling on medication management and lifestyle modifications. As a result, these clinicians will be able to incorporate evidence-based strategies, tools, and patient resources into the workflow to enhance quality of care.

 

Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Define hypertension (HTN), the diagnostic criteria of HTN, and the overall purpose of treating HTN.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between essential HTN and secondary causes of HTN.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of HTN and the regulation of blood pressure (BP).
  • Identify the cardiovascular (CV) complications that are associated with HTN and related targetorgan damage.
  • Interpret the key differences among various clinical treatment HTN guidelines.
  • Recognize appropriate ambulatory and home BP monitoring and measurement.
  • Describe important elements of patient counseling regarding HTN, lifestyle modification, and drug therapy.
  • List clinical considerations of antihypertensive agents.
  • Outline evidenced-based pharmacotherapy options used to treat patients with HTN with or without compelling indications, and describe supporting evidence for these recommendations.
  • Choose appropriate drug therapy and monitoring plans for patients with HTN.
Author Bio(s)

 

Thom Kim Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS, CTTS, is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Nguyen received her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. She completed 2 years of postgraduate residency training in pharmacy practice and in pharmacotherapy with a focus on ambulatory care. She also obtained board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2013 and tobacco treatment and medication therapy management in 2014.

Her area of practice is in ambulatory care services at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey. Dr. Nguyen’s responsibilities include outpatient care at several family medicine practices and at a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center. With board-approved collaborative practice agreements, Dr. Nguyen is able to deliver and provide services such as anticoagulation management, smoking cessation, and hypertension management to patients and the healthcare team autonomously.

Dr. Nguyen is a member of several national and state pharmacy organizations, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP).

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Kristine Willett, BS, PharmD, FASHP, completed her doctor of pharmacy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), School of Pharmacy, Worcester, and a postgraduate residency in pharmacy practice at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 2005, she has been on faculty at MCPHS University. She currently is an associate professor of pharmacy practice. Dr. Willett’s content expertise area is adult internal medicine with a focus on cardiology. Her primary teaching responsibilities include sessions in the cardiology and critical care modules in pharmacotherapeutics. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for internal medicine pharmacy students in their advance pharmacy practice experiences. Dr. Willett is a clinical preceptor for Concord Hospital’s ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency and an academic preceptor for the Regulatory Affairs Fellowship in Advertising, Labeling and Promotion at Biogen.

Latanja L. Divens, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is an instructor of nursing in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Divens earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She received both her master degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and the
doctor of nursing practice degree from Loyola University New Orleans. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a primary care FNP and has been in this role for 9 years. As an FNP, Dr. Divens has extensive experience in the areas of family practice, nephrology, and gastroenterology. Her passion lies in caring for patients with chronic diseases and serving the underserved populations.

Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Nursing: Biology and Epidemiology

Price: $26.95 
Item # N1748  

Release Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

This course provides nurses with foundational information to caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. This course can serve as a reference for nurses working in cardiovascular care areas or desiring to work in cardiovascular care. The curriculum begins with a review of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Cardiac hemodynamic measurements and the principles of oxygen transport are discussed, as well as the burden of cardiovascular disease on the general population.  Nursing application points in the clinical setting are highlighted throughout the text to assist in identifying key issues in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Heightened awareness among clinicians and patients is the first step toward impacting cardiovascular disease. Nurses with comprehensive knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology have a key role in the early recognition and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.   Foundational information of cardiovascular care helps initiate prevention discussions and lifestyle management interventions. Through patient education and quality care, nurses can prevent premature disease and death among patients with cardiovascular disease.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1724 - Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Identify the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the cardiovascular system.
  • Relate the principles of hemodynamics to understanding the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
  • Discuss epidemiological factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
Author Bio(s)

 

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 (SON). She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing after successfully implementing her DNP project titled, 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’ 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.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Andrea K. Robinson, ACNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, working in Cardiac Electrophysiology, and she is the Advanced Practice Clinical Coordinator of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Clinic. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and graduated from the College of Nursing from The Ohio State University. Her Master of Science in Nursing was received from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Andrea serves as a Cardiovascular Team Council member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is on the Board of Directors for PODEMOS, a nonprofit international medical outreach brigade. She has special interests in stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation and preventative medicine in cardiology.

Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 3rd Edition

Price: $26.95  
Item # N1744  

Release Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

 

According to data from the Center for Disease Control, 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States annually.  One in every four deaths is due to cardiovascular disease. There are also 12 million yearly visits to physician’s offices and close to 4 million hospital discharges for cardiovascular disease. Treatment of cardiovascular disease and monitoring for therapeutic efficacy and side effects of the drugs used require a sound knowledge of the pharmacology of these agents.

Ongoing education is needed to keep pace with these evolving changes and to equip nursing professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement the most recent advances in treatment. Nurses have an important responsibility in caring for patients who are receiving these medications. Knowledge of cardiovascular medications, their effects on the body, and their administration; assessment of therapeutic and adverse effects; and patient education are essential. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of cardiovascular pharmacology. With an ever-increasing number of patients living longer, quality nursing care for those receiving drugs for cardiovascular disease will make this knowledge critical. 

 

 

Kentucky APRNs - fulfills pharmacology requirement

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Recall the basic structures of the heart and their physiological functions.
  • Discuss ways medications are used to regulate vascular tone and improve cardiac output.
  • Describe the key pharmacological agents used to prevent and treat ischemic heart disease and cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Author Bio(s)

 

David S. Roffman, BS Zoology, BS Pharmacy, PharmD, BCPS, AQ Cardiology, is professor emeritus at the School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland. Dr. Roffman taught much of the cardiovascular therapeutics curriculum in both the didactic and experiential portions of the curriculum during his 45-year tenure at the school. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year on six occasions by students or faculty at the school, and in 2010, he was honored as Teacher of the Year for Founders Week at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. In addition to his efforts at the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Roffman taught in the Cardiology Module of the Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics course at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as well as the Nursing Pharmacology course at the School of Nursing. He served as the therapeutic consultant to the Cardiac Care Unit and the Progressive Care Cardiac Unit at the University of Maryland Medical System for more than 40 years. Dr. Roffman was one of the original 17 specialty cardiology pharmacy practitioners in the United States to receive added qualifications in cardiology by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Latanja L. Divens, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is an instructor of nursing in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Divens earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana (1996) and a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College (2001). She also received her master’s degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner (2007) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2012) from Loyola University New Orleans. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a primary care family nurse practitioner (FNP) and has been in this role for 9 years. As an FNP, Dr. Divens has had extensive experience in the areas of family practice, nephrology, and gastroenterology. Her passion lies in caring for patients with chronic diseases and serving underserved populations.

Abir Kanaan, PharmD, RPh, is a professor of pharmacy practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). She joined the university in 2005 after completing a postgraduate pharmacy practice residency at Umass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Kanaan also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition, she is affiliated with the Meyers Primary Care Institute, where she is involved in several research projects pertaining to medication safety in the outpatient setting. Dr. Kanaan also serves as a codirector and preceptor for the pharmacy fellowship program in Medication Safety, Quality and Informatics at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Dr. Kanaan is also the Postgraduate Education Committee program coordinator for the Worcester and Manchester campuses at MCPHS. Dr. Kanaan’s practice site is Saint Vincent Hospital in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit. She also started and currently leads the hospital’s anticoagulation monitoring program. Dr. Kanaan was appointed vice chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in July 2016.

ECG Interpretation: A Step-by-Step Approach, 2nd Edition

Price: $26.95 
Item # N1796  

Release Date: March 19, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Provides an overview of both normal sinus rhythm and dysrhythmias. Treatment methods discussed include defibrillators and pacemakers. The course begins with the normal electrical conduction of the heart, and then reviews the steps of how to interpret electrocardiography (ECG). You will learn how to determine the heart rhythm and heart rate. Special considerations associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome are featured. Today, ECG interpretation is a skill necessary for nurses in a variety of clinical settings. The ability for nurses to quickly and accurately identify dysrhythmias is vital to assure prompt interventions and life-saving measures when necessary. Case Studies help connect content with practice.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Identify the basic principles of electrocardiology and associated principles vital for electrocardiograph interpretation.
  • Recognize normal sinus rhythm and the specific electrocardiographic characteristics that distinguish the various types of dysrhythmias from each other.
  • Discuss the various treatment methods for common dysrhythmias.
  • Distinguish ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions (non-STEMIs).
Author Bio(s):

Lynn C. Simko, PhD, RN, CCRN, is a clinical associate professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing where she has taught at the undergraduate, masters, doctor of nursing practice, and PhD levels. Dr. Simko is a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist with more than 35 years of clinical nursing experience in intensive care units (ICUs), coronary care units, cardiovascular ICUs, and medical-surgical ICUs. From the University of Pittsburgh, she earned a master of public health degree in chronic/cardiovascular epidemiology, as well as a master of science degree in nursing. She earned her PhD in nurs­ing from Duquesne University, where her dissertation focused on the quality of life of adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Simko has widespread experience in caring for patients with cardiac dysrhythmias.

Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE, has practiced as a nurse educator since 2004 in diploma, baccalaureate, and doctoral programs. Her scholarship interests include at-risk students for NCLEX-RN® failure, student remediation, and clinical teach­ing pedagogies for both educators and practicing clinicians. Dr. Culleiton has maintained the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credentials since 2007. For academic nurse educators, the CNE establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for Dr. Culleiton to demonstrate her expertise in this role. It also communi­cates to students and the academic and healthcare communities that the highest standards of teaching excellence are being met. Dr. Culleiton has been a nurse for 25 years and has had extensive practice experience in emergency medicine/trauma, as well as in a variety of critical care settings where she has gained vast experience in treating patients with dysrhythmias. Dr. Culleiton received her bachelor of science in nursing from The Catholic University of America, her master of science in nursing adminis­tration from the Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, and her doctor of nursing practice from Chatham University.

Peer Reviewer Bio:

Andrea Robinson, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, working in cardiac electrophysiology, and she is the Advanced Practice Clinical Coordinator of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Clinic. She has a bachelor of science in business administration and graduated from the College of Nursing from The Ohio State University. Her master of science in nursing was received from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Andrea serves as a Cardiovascular Team Council member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is on the Board of Directors for PODEMOS, a nonprofit international medical outreach brigade. She has special interests in stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation and preventive medicine in cardiology.

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