Cardiac Nurse Crash Course
Become practically prepared for your first day on a cardiac nursing unit
This course is designed for nurses new to the care of cardiac patients. Information is straight to the point, practical, and knowledge you can apply to your very next shift. These topics are applicable to both the cardiology and cardiothoracic and vascular surgical floors, cardiac intensive care, as well as the emergency department within the adult patient population.
- Cardiac assessment keys
- Giving a cardiac nursing report in the ED, ICU, and floor
- Diagnostics - cardiac catheterization, labs, ultrasounds, stress tests
- Cardiac-specific conditions, surgeries, and patient priorities - CEA, CABG, AVR/MVR, lobectomy, dysrhythmias, pleural effusions, HIT, STEMI & NSTEMI, PE, CHF, and more!
- Equipment - chest tubes, pacemakers, pericardial tubes
- Interventions - thoracentesis, paracentesis, pleurodesis
- Medications - anticoagulants, antiplatelets, dysrhythmics, vasoactive medications, and more!
- ACLS tidbits
- Specifics for the emergency department, ICU, and cardiac nursing floor
- Recommended resources and references
- Over 70 modules
- Videos, text, images, and downloadables
- Taught by three experienced nationally certified nurses
- Download the free smartphone Teachable app to access the content on your mobile device!
- Plus - an optional 8.0 continuing education credits, including 3.0 pharmacology hours! (Please note, these CE's are optional at an additional cost of $15)
Meet the Authors...
Kati Kleber, MSN RN CCRN-K is the owner and operator of the FreshRN® platform, which consists of books, a blog, podcasts, and courses to support new graduate nurses in their transition from school to bedside. Kati has been a nurse since 2010 with experience in both cardiothoracic and vascular medical surg as well as neurosurgical intensive care, and has maintained her critical care national certification since 2015. Kati is a published author with the American Nurses Association and been featured on many media outlets such as Reader's Digest, AARP, NPR, US World News and Report, the TODAY Show, and more. She is a national speaker on nursing-related topics and was awarded Nurse of Year by the Charlotte Business Journal and named one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, both in 2015. Kati holds her MSN in Nursing Education.
Susan DuPont, BSN RN CEN is an Emergency Room nurse at a level one trauma center that is nationally recognized as the #5 best hospital in the United States for 2017-2018. She actively does research for the Research and Translation team at her hospital to provide her colleagues with the most up-to-date best evidence-based practices as well as participates in the Recognition Committee to provide accolades to the team of healthcare professionals she proudly works in the trenches with. In her spare time, she runs bossrn.com where she inspires other nurses to be knowledgeable and confident. For fun, Susan likes to fish, hunt, and practice her survival skills in the wilderness. Her favorite TV shows are American Ninja Warrior, Naked and Afraid, and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.
John Russell, DNP APRN FNP-BC CCRN RNFA is currently an Advanced Practice Nurse in cardiovascular surgery in Rockford, IL as well as current nursing faculty at Olivet Nazarene University. John began his career in health care in 2004 as a paramedic, then became a registered nurse working in surgical intensive care before obtaining his Doctorate of Nursing Practice. John currently owns and operates Skills On Point LLC, an education company for advance practitioners.
"I subscribed on release day and was impressed right off the bat! I just transferred from sub-ICU (fixed-rate drips, sepsis and pulmonary, trachs/vents, etc.) to cardiovascular ICU. I've found the course invaluable. It's helped to cement things I already knew and breaks down topics that are less familiar to me due to the unit I came from. I feel a lot less intimidated when rounding with intensivists. Thank you!"
- Carrie RN, cardiac intensive care nurse
"This course is awesome! It's like having a preceptor in your pocket!"
- Julia BSN RN