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2-Day Crash Course in Cardiac Nursing
DVD Video
$299.99 USD
Product Details
DVD Video - 8+ hours
11 hr 16 min
Multi-disc video recording with electronic manual and instructions
PESI HealthCare
CE Available:
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  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.


  1. Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure using a simple hand gesture to recognize ventricular dysfunction for each.
  2. Stage heart failure using the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology tool and identify intervention goals for each stage.
  3. Compare the use of the Impella device and intra-aortic balloon pumps in severe cardiac impairment.
  4. Evaluate findings in common cardiac labs, such as CKMB, Troponin, BNP/ Pro-BNP levels.
  5. Recognize 2 tools of recognition and 4 rapid interventions for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
  6. Describe the decision-making process for stroke prevention in the patient with atrial fibrillation.


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
  • STEM I & NSTEM I -- 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

  • STEM I vs. NSTEM I 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


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 a published author with a variety of books including Clinical Nursing Assessment Skills Pocket Guide and the Med-Surg Pocket Guide. 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 has an employment relationship with Fairview South. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cyndi Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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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.

Cardiovascular Technology Professionals
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This self-study package will qualify for 12.2 contact hour.

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists - Credit Available Until: 11/28/2020
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Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 12.2 contact hours. Expires: 11/28/2020.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #: 13305 for 12.0 self-study contact hours.

You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 12.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 12.2 self-study contact hours.

You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurse Practitioners
This self-study program offers 180 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 3 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement.

Other Professions
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**It is your ethical responsibility to report accurate hours to your licensing board.
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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Cardiovascular Technology Professionals