CC02 Cardio: Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Tests
Hours: 1.00
This course is accessible until 1/1/2021

This cardiovascular course for critical care nurses presents an overview of the cardiovascular patient assessment process and a review of the cardiovascular diagnostic tools used for evaluation. Signs and symptoms of cardiovascular dysfunction are discussed, and techniques for auscultating heart sounds and taking a pertinent cardiovascular patient history are described. Course content includes descriptions of blood tests and invasive and non-invasive procedures used to evaluate and diagnose cardiovascular dysfunction.

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ANCC Accredited Organization

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  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.

Deborah Torres-Logan, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Ms. Deborah Torres-Logan is an adult nurse practitioner and works in the office setting seeing vascular patients. She graduated from the University of  Florida in Gainesville, FL with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL with her Master of Science in Nursing degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She graduated from Florida Hospital College of Health Science in Orlando, FL with her Associate of Science in Nursing degree. She is a former Instructor of  Nursing at Adventist Health University.  She is a member of the American Association of Nurse practitioners and the International Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She was the president of the Nursing Honor Society at Advent Health University in 2014-2015.  During her presidency, the nursing honor society applied to become a chapter of  STTI and was approved.  She is a peer-reviewer for the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has been on clinical mission trips to Dominican Republic and Haiti.


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


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Contact Hours: 1, Expires: 1/1/2021

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Certified Nurse Midwife

CE Credits: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
Contact Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 1/1/2021

District of Columbia Board of Nursing (DC BON)

  • Clinical Nurse Midwife
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Contact Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

Florida Board of Nursing (FBN)

  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistants

Contact Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

Georgia Board of Nursing (GBN)

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Professional Nurse

Continuing Education Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON)

  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Specialist

Contact Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WV RN Board)

  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
(WV RN Board)

Contact Hours: 1, Category: General, Expires: 6/30/2021

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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