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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE
Peer Reviewer(s): Andrea K. Robinson, ACNP
Item#: N1748
Contents: 1 Course Book (74 pages)
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Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Nursing: Biology and Epidemiology

Price $27.95
Item # N1748
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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.

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.


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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