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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 30 Contact Hours (3.6 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE
Peer Reviewer(s): Andrea K. Robinson, ACNP
Item#: N1724
Contents: 1 Course Book
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Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care

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Item # N1724
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Release Date: January 18, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020


Because of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in its reduction. Recognizing patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and taking the initiative to educate patients of the behavioral and nonbehavioral cardiovascular risk factors can enhance other primary prevention strategies aimed to control the prevalence of the disease. In addition to nursing education used as a primary prevention strategy, nurses must also be aware of secondary prevention therapies aimed to minimize the burdens of known disease and complications associated with cardiovascular disease.

This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or who already have cardiovascular disease. This course can serve as a reference for nurses working in cardiovascular areas or provide those desiring to work in cardiovascular areas with an introduction to comprehensive cardiovascular care. The curriculum begins with a foundation of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. When normal cardiovascular functioning is understood, the learner can then move forward to understanding pathophysiology. The content of the chapters on cardiovascular medications and risk factors is referenced throughout the rest of the text as cardiovascular disease processes are discussed. 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.


This course should not be taken in conjunction with N1748 - Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Nursing: Biology and Epidemiology, N1745 - Chronic Cardiovascular Conditions, or N1754 - Acute Cardiovascular Conditions


Course Objectives

  • Describe the basic structures of the heart and their physiological functions.
  • Explain the components of cardiac output responsible for hemodynamic alterations.
  • Discuss the impact that epidemiology and behavioral/nonbehavioral risk factors have on the development of cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss ways pharmacology is used to improve myocardial performance and increase myocardial oxygen supply.
  • Differentiate acute from chronic cardiovascular conditions.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for chronic cardiovascular disease management throughout the continuum of presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for common acute cardiovascular disease management throughout the continuum of presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Recognize the impact that cardiovascular conditions have on special populations.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations associated with cardiovascular revascularization therapies and implantable devices.
  • Identify the significance of the comprehensive cardiovascular health history and physical examination.
  • Recognize the significance of collaborative cardiovascular management through an interprofessional team.


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.


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.

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