When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!
Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
This course provides nurses with an overview of cardiovascular pharmacology and key considerations for the field. The course opens with a review of the basic structures and physiological functions of the heart. Nurses will learn about basic cardiac anatomy, the circulatory system, the cardiac cycle, action potential and the cardiac conduction system, hemodynamic principles and ventricular function, the cardiopulmonary circuit, and neurological control of the heart and blood pressure.
The course examines how pharmacology is used to manipulate the components of cardiac output and myocardial oxygen demand to improve myocardial performance. Pharmacological options used to influence preload, afterload, contractility, and heart rate are discussed. Key nursing considerations are addressed regarding major groups of cardiovascular medications, including sympathomimetics, nonsympathomimetic medications used as vasopressors and inotropes, medications that affect the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, digoxin, and diuretics.
Finally, the course discusses key pharmaceutical agents used to preserve and increase myocardial oxygen supply. The course describes medications aimed at the long-term prevention of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease; these include bile acid sequestrants (resins), nicotinic acid (niacin), fibrates, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, and intestinal absorption inhibitors. Nurses will also learn about drugs to prevent or disrupt clot formation, such as thrombolytics and fibrinolytics, anticoagulants, antiplatelet therapy, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors, adenosine diphosphate inhibitors and aspirin. Clinical application points are highlighted throughout the text to assist in identifying key issues in patient care.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1551 Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Overview.
Kentucky ARNPs - this course fulfills your pharmacology CE requirement.
This course contains 10 pharmacology hours.
- Recall the basic structures of the heart and their physiologic functions.
- Discuss ways pharmacology is used to improve myocardial performance.
- Describe the key pharmacological agents used to preserve and increase myocardial oxygen supply.
Karen M. Marzlin, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, is an acute care Clinical Nurse Specialist practicing with medical cardiology patients in a 56-bed variable staffing CCU. Karen has been a nurse for over 23 years and has spent her entire career working with the cardiac patient. Karen also dedicated 10 years of her career to management and cardiovascular program administration. She has a passion for creating excellence at the bedside that is evident in her daily practice.
Cynthia L. Webner, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, is an acute care Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 31 years of experience in a wide variety of clinical practice venues surrounding the cardiac patient. Twelve years of her career were dedicated to nursing management and Heart Center administration. She currently practices as a hospital based advanced practice nurse with medical cardiology patients. Cindy has a passion for nursing and the cardiac patient and is committed to learning something new every day.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- 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.
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