Red Heart - CNEA

Heart Failure (CHFN) Certification Preparation Program

CE Hours: 14.75
Purchase Price: $177.00

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Online classes and practice questions are available for 12 month access.

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Presented by: Karen Marzlin and Cynthia Webner

Course Description: 
This course provides up to date, evidence-based practice education specific to heart failure care. This comprehensive educational program will take your heart failure practice to the next level. The program will prepare you for heart failure certification if that is your goal. This Heart Failure Certification Review Course and Boot Camp also provides 14.75 hours of heart failure specific education that will meet criteria for your recertification as a Certified Heart Failure Nurse.  The course covers the care of the heart failure patient from outpatient to inpatient management, and from prevention to end of life. Nurses at the point of care, advanced practice nurses, and other disciplines will benefit from this program.  Karen and Cindy have many years in involved in the care and management of patients with heart failure as staff nurses, advance practice nurses and in Heart Center administration.  They have cared for hospitalized patients with heart failure but also opened and ran an outpatient Heart Failure Cinic where they cared for chronically critically ill heart failure patients.  They are passionate about assuing patients with heart failure have the tools and resources they need to navigate the very complex healthcare system associated with this complex illness. This program is packed with tips and tools to help you care for these patients.

This program is for you if you wish to:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills related to caring for the patient with heart failure.
  • Participate in a review course as you prepare to sit for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses CHFN (Certified Heart Failure Nurse) exam. 
  • Participate in Heart Failure specific continuing education. 

Course content:
Session 1 Prerequisite Knowledge Related to the Patient with Heart Failure

Heart Sounds
Cardiac Dynamics: Cardiac Output and Myocardial Performance
Delivery of Oxygen to the Tissues
Pulmonary Physiology: Ventilation, Perfusion, Diffusion and Respiratory Failure   
Fluids and Electrolytes

Session 2 Heart Failure Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Diagnosis

Defining Heart Failure: Staging, NYHA Classification
Neurohormonal Response
Pathophysiology of RV Failure
Assessment: H/P, Physical Assessment Findings
Diagnosis: Echocardiography, Radiology, Laboratory Evaluation
Pulmonary Hypertension        

Session 3 Treatment Strategies in the Patient with Heart Failure

Treatment strategies based on Staging of Heart Failure
Medications: Beta Blockers, ACE Inhibitors/Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers, Aldosterone Antagonists, Vasodilators, Inotropes, Diuretics and Novel Medications in HF Care 
Fluid Restrictions, Sodium Restrictions
Non-Pharmacologic Treatment Strategies: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, Implantable Defibrillators, Implantable Hemodynamic Monitoring 
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Considerations in HFpEF
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Treatment Strategies

Session 4 Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Admission Considerations
Clinical Presentations: Warm/Wet, Cold/Dry, Cold/Wet
Pulmonary Artery Catheter
Treatment Strategies Based on Presentation (including RV Failure)
Temporary Ventricular Assist Devices
Discharge Decision Making

Session 5 Stage D Advanced Heart Failure

Defining Advanced Heart Failure
Prognostic Models
Decision Making: Palliative vs. Hospice Care
Advanced Treatment Strategies: Home Inotropic Therapy, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiac Transplant     

Session 6 Patient Education and Professional Issues in Heart Failure

Education: Self-Care Management Strategies, Barriers, Medications, Daily weights/self-assessment, Response to symptoms, Diet and Nutrition, Sodium and Fluids, Activity
Care Giver Burden
Quality Improvement
Professional / Ethical Issues

Session 7 Co-Morbid Conditions Impacting the Patient with Heart Failure

Atrial Fibrillation
Valvular Heart Disease: Aortic Stenosis, Mitral Regurgitation
Cardiorenal Syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Injury
Sleep Disorder Breathing

Session 8 Cardiomyopathies Resulting in Heart Failure

Restrictive Cardiomyopathies
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Arrhythmogenic RV Dysplasia
Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy
Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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

  • Review key physiologic and assessment principles impacting the assessment and care of the heart failure patient.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of heart failure and how the body’s compensatory mechanisms contribute to progression of heart failure.
  • Contrast pathophysiology for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. 
  • Describe the NYHA classification system and the ACC/AHA stages of heart failure.
  • Recognize heart failure through physical assessment and diagnostic test results.
  • Discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of all stages of heart failure based on current evidence-based guidelines.
  • Differentiate the 3 primary presentations of acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Outline treatment strategies for acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Compare treatment options in the patient with Stage D Heart Failure.
  • Review patient education and self-care management strategies for heart failure patients.
  • Consider implementation strategies to improve the coordination of the delivery of comprehensive heart failure care.
  • Describe different cardiomyopathies that can lead to the development of heart failure.
  • Recognize the impact of comorbid conditions on the development and continued impact of heart failure.

Continuing Education: 
14.75  hours of continuing education (contact hours) are offered with this program and this includes 2.0 pharmacology hours.  CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

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