Nursing: Nursing Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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About the Course

Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines are presented and nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in the course.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) with regard to cardiac output.
  • Define the risk factors for the development of AF.
  • Describe the complications of AF.
  • Discuss the basic principles of pharmacologic management of AF.
  • Review evidenced-based practice guidelines for the care of AF patients.

About the Authors:

Kelly A. Crum, PhD (c), MSN, RN, is a nursing education consultant serving schools on accreditation and curriculum matters. She currently serves as an international nursing education consultant and is the expert nurse consultant for Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences. With 26 years of nursing education experience, she has held various nursing positions in both clinical and academic settings. Her passion for curriculum and expertise in teaching are the foundations for her endeavors to educate the educator. This passion is reflected in her writing and conference topics. Currently, she has over 30 published books with Elsevier, primarily in the areas of maternity, pediatrics, and simulation case studies. Her conference topics include Competency Based Education in Egypt, The Professor’s Role in BSN Education in Guatemala, Building the Nurse Educator’s Capacity to Instruct Students in Managing Chronic Care Across the Lifespan in China, and Clinical Evaluation Best Practices in the United States. In practice, Ms. Crum’s focus is on international humanitarian work and community volunteerism, as well s her role as a hospice and palliative care nurse.

Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, is the founding director of nursing at Lawrence Technological University.  Dr. Jamison earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Vanderbilt University and previously was educated at The University of Michigan (post master’s acute care nurse practitioner) and Wayne State University (MSN/BSN).  She has been an associate of Ascension-St John-Providence Health Care System since 1981. She has spent her entire nursing career in critical care nursing with an emphasis on caring for patients with cardiac illnesses. Dr. Jamison is currently practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in cardiovascular surgery (since 2005) and formerly in the area of cardiology (since 1998).  She has an extensive history as an educator for undergraduates (BSN), as well as primary and acute care nurse practitioner students since 1994 and has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice with a focus on cardiology, nursing education, and quality improvement initiatives.

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