Online Courses

Cardiovascular Program for NMT/RT

Price: $40.00 CE: 5.50
This course is accessible until 12/31/2021

The Cardiovascular System Series includes A&P and Hemodynamics, Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Tests, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure, Heart Disease and Injury, and Case Studies and Medications. These 5 courses were grouped in a module focusing on the understanding of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, and enhancement of the assessment and care skills needed for working with patients with cardiac disorders. Continuing education credit is immediately available after entire course completion of all posttests and survey.

NOTE: This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors;  individuals may not repeat and report a self-learning activity for credit twice in the same biennium.

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Learning Outcomes:

A&P and Hemodynamics (1.50 CNE)

  1. Identify the role of circulating blood in meeting cellular needs and maintaining homeostasis.
  2. Describe the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular system.
  3. Analyze the relationship between autonomic nervous system response and cardiovascular function.
  4. List the factors that affect cardiac output and explain its impact on body perfusion.
  5. Describe the impact of medications on the autonomic nervous system
Patient Assessment & Diagnostic Tests (1.00 CNE)

  1. Recognize auscultation findings of normal and abnormal heart sounds.
  2. Assess findings of valvular disease and ventricular septal defects.
  3. Assess findings of fluid changes within the heart.
  4. Complete a pertinent cardiovascular patient history.
  5. Describe blood tests that are essential to the cardiovascular assessment.
  6. Compare the noninvasive tests used to evaluate for cardiovascular dysfunction.
  7. Discuss invasive cardiovascular tests and interventions.
Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure (1.00 CNE)

  1. Identify cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome.
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome.
  3. Identify diagnostic criteria for unstable angina, STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction), and NSTEMI (Non ST-elevation myocardial infarction).
  4. Discuss ECG findings while comparing and contrasting ST segment differences in unstable angina, STEMI, and NSTEMI.
  5. Discuss the evidence-based practice medical/nursing management for care of the acute coronary syndrome patient.
  6. Discuss the potential complications of acute myocardial infarction.
  7. Differentiate left and right ventricular failure, as well as medical management of each.
  8. Discuss hemodynamic principles in the following patient populations: cardiogenic shock secondary to left ventricular failure, right ventricular infarction, papillary muscle rupture, acute ventricular septal defect, pulmonary emboli, and hypovolemic shock.

Heart Disease and Injury (1.00 CNE)

  1. Identify the signs and symptoms of carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease and treatment options for each.
  2. Identify coronary revascularization procedures, including less invasive approaches.
  3. Discuss risk factors for aneurysm formation, differentiate between the types of aneurysms and locations, and the treatment options available.
  4. Identify the various cardiac structures disorders and complications that may occur.
  5. Explain the use of a temporary pacemaker and the indications for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Case Studies and Medications (1.00 CNE)

  1. Identify the various cardiovascular medications, including their indications, contraindications, dosages, and adverse effects.
  2. Describe procedures and diagnostic tests used in the cardiovascular arena.
  3. Identify the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease.
  4. Describe common treatments and possible complications associated with cardiovascular care, including post-op complications.
  5. Identify risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

Qualified Planners/Faculty

Karen Kelly, RN, BSN

Karen Kelly, RN, BSN, graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Currently, she is employed as an Education Specialist at the Center for Nursing Education at Florida Hospital in Orlando. She is responsible for the training/orientation of all new clinical employees, scheduling and tracking new employees through training programs, as well as interviewing candidates, and teaching cardiovascular content for the critical internship program. Ms. Kelly is an ACLS instructor and performs a needs assessment each year for Florida Hospital’s education program. In 1991 she was selected as Florida Hospital Employee of the Year.

This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

Elizabeth Schubert, BSN, CCN

Elizabeth Schubert, BSN, CCN, graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She completed the Critical Care Nurse Internship Program at Florida Hospital, and she holds professional certification in Advance Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support. Ms. Schubert is involved in the Shared Governance Coordinating Council, teaches ECG to monitor techs and nurses, and is involved in the Florida Hospital Preceptor Committee.

Ms. Schubert is the Critical Care Training Program Manager at Florida Hospital. She coordinates and manages the Critical Care Nurse Internship Program for the seven campuses of Florida Hospital.

This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

Andrea Stewart, MN, APRN

Andrea Stewart graduated from Fitchburg State College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and then in 1995 she received a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Florida. Currently as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida, she is responsible for the cardiac intensive care units and chest pain observation units. Ms. Stewart worked in a private cardiology practice as a nurse practitioner from 1995 until August 2006, and she has participated in numerous cardiovascular research projects. Ms. Stewart volunteers as a nurse practitioner at Shepherd’s Hope.

This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

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CE Credits: 5.50, Category: A ARRT, Expires: 12/31/2021
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CE Credits: 5.50, Category: 00-Technical Approved, Expires: 1/31/2023

Completion Requirements: To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this on-line activity, the participant must:

  • View all modules
  • Participate and pass all learning checks
  • Pass the Post Test(s) with a minimum score of 80%
  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation

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