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2-Day: Crash Course in Cardiac Nursing
2-Day: Crash Course in Cardiac Nursing


When:  Monday, April 29, 2019 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Course Description:

You MUST be able to identify cardiac issues in their early stages and respond appropriately to avoid life-threatening complications. Even many seasoned nurses remain confused by the complexity of the cardiac system and feel insecure in their assessment and analysis of rhythms and EKGs. Attend this comprehensive program and gain the skills and knowledge you need to manage any situation. Cardiac expert, Cyndi Zarbano, breaks down the most complex cardiac disorders and will provide you with practical tools and tips that are guaranteed to increase your confidence when caring for this challenging population. Your patients depend on you; don't miss this opportunity to become a CARDIAC EXPERT!

  • Imagine the Confidence you will have in your knowledge and ability to quickly assess complex cardiac patients.
  • Imagine the Respect you'll gain from your colleagues and patients when you respond rapidly and effectively in crisis situations.
  • Imagine the Satisfaction you will feel knowing that your advanced skills saved the life of your patient.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Employ proper technique for measuring jugular vein distention (JVD).
  2. Contrast systolic and diastolic murmurs by where they fall in the S1/S2 cardiac cycle.
  3. List 3 benefits of beta blockers in a patient with coronary artery disease.
  4. Identify benefits for patients using blood thinners in atrial fibrillation that is not related to valve dysfunction.
  5. Differentiate findings on the 12-lead EKG to determine if a patient has axis deviation and what health care issues that may identify.
  6. Explain a simple monitoring technique to help differentiate if the patient is having an atrial dysrhythmia or not.
  7. Identify EKG clues to patients having aberrant pathways.
  8. Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure using a simple hand gesture to recognize ventricular dysfunction for each.
  9. Stage heart failure using the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology tool and identify intervention goals for each stage.
  10. Compare the use of the Impella device and intra-aortic balloon pumps in severe cardiac impairment.
  11. Evaluate findings in common cardiac labs, such as CKMB, Troponin, BNP/ Pro-BNP levels.
  12. Recognize 2 tools of recognition and 4 rapid interventions for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
  13. Describe the decision-making process for stroke prevention in the patient with atrial fibrillation.
Program Outline


  • Cardiovascular Assessment: Critical Clues You Should NEVER Miss
    • Impending Doom: Recognizing the Red Flags
    • Neck Vein Evaluation
    • What Does the Blood Pressure Really Mean?
    • Don't Miss a Beat Interpreting Heart Sounds
    • Significant Murmurs
    • Rapid Stabilizing Interventions
  • Life-Threatening EKG Changes: Clues From the 12-Lead
    • Location, Location, Location! Anatomy of the 12-Lead
    • 3 Rules of Recognition
    • Cardiac Axis: Meaning & Assessment
    • Recognition of RBBB & LBBB
    • STEMI & NSTEMI - What's the Difference
  • Fast & Slow Dysrhythmias
    • Choosing Your Monitor Leads Wisely
    • Identifying AV Passive & Active Tachycardias
    • Aberrant Pathways
    • Atrial Fibrillation with WPW
    • AV Node Re-entry Rhythms
    • Mono and Polymorphic V-Tach
    • Heart Blocks
    • Critical Nursing Actions
  • Cardiovascular Drug Cabinet from A to Z
    • The Latest Updates & Recommendations
    • Medications that Impact Cardiac Output
    • Vasoactive Medications
    • Medications that Impact Clotting
    • Treating Hyperlipidemia
    • Management Strategies for Hypertension
    • Nursing Implications for Administration
    • Polypharmacy
    • Precautions with the Elderly Patient


  • Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnosis & Management Guidelines
    • STEMI vs. NSTEMI Treatment Strategies
    • Critical Cardiac Labs
    • EKG Interpretation: Identifying the Differences
    • Urgent vs. Emergent Interventions
    • Managing Complications
  • The Failing Heart: Acute Management Priorities
    • Systolic vs. Diastolic Heart Failure
    • Classification Systems
    • Acute Medication Protocols
    • Nursing Considerations With:
      • Biventricular Pacing
      • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
      • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Cardiac Emergencies: Risk, Recognition, & Response
    • Bedside Assessment Clues
    • Key Interventions for:
      • Pulmonary Embolus
      • Myocardial Rupture/Tamponade
      • Tension Pneumothorax
      • Aortic Dissection
    • Critical Thinking Checkpoints
  • Emergency Interventions for Atrial Fibrillation
    • Critical Decision-Making: The Decompensating Patient
    • Pharmacological Management Strategies to:
      • Control Rate
      • Control Rhythm
      • Prevent Stroke
    • Current Treatment Recommendations:
      • Cardioversion
      • Ablation
      • Surgical Intervention
    • Key Nursing Assessments & Interventions
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Cardiovascular Technology Professionals


Cyndi Zarbano is an intensive care nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience who is currently practicing in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. She is a nationally-recognized seminar speaker who has opened multiple national symposiums and speaks on several topics for PESI, as well as a variety of other companies in the US and Canada. In addition to her speaking engagements, Cyndi is the author of the Clinical Nursing Assessment Skills Pocket Guide (PESI, 2013). Her products also include textbooks, webcasts and webinars.

Along with her MS and BSN in nursing, she has 3 other undergraduate degrees and multiple nursing certifications. She served as a US Naval Officer for 10 years, leaving service as an LCDR (Lieutenant Commander) in 2001. Prior to nursing, she worked as a counselor with the mentally ill and dangerous in a facility in southern Minnesota. She returned to that facility as a Lead Psychiatric Nurse for two years after leaving the military. Additionally, Cyndi has a legal nurse consulting business and continues to serve as a testifying expert in medical related cases. Cyndi's teaching style is dynamic and high energy while informal and easy to understand. You will leave her program with a renewed commitment to achieving nursing excellence in critical care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cyndi Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cyndi Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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Cardiovascular Technology Professionals
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This course will qualify for 12.6 contact hours.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 180 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 3.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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