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Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Exam Review

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Course Description

This two-day seminar is a concentrated review of major cardiac and vascular disease processes coupled with current treatment modalities and best practice recommendations for the adult patient. Each section will contain a system review coupled with associated pathophysiology and disease states relevant to the cardiac-vascular systems. Case studies will be incorporated throughout the program to encourage development of critical thinking skills. The course content is based on the exam blueprint provided by ANCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors
    Coronary Heart Disease | Stroke | Peripheral Vascular Disease | Diabetes | Metabolic Syndrome
  • Risk Reduction Strategies for the Cardiovascular Patient
  • Cardiac System Review and Electrophysiology
    Cardiac Structure | Cardiac-Vascular System | Electrophysiology | Identifying Dysrhythmias
  • Cardiac Disease States and Current Therapeutic Strategies
    Angina, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Infarction | Cardiomyopathies, Heart Failure and Ventricular Dysfunction | Pericarditis, Endocarditis and Valvular Disease | Structural and Congenital Anomalies | Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Q & A Session and Case Study Review

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Vascular System Review
  • Vascular Disease States and Current Treatment Modalities
    Carotid Artery Occlusive Disease | Upper and Lower Extremity Arterial Occlusive Disease | Aortic Aneurysm | Chronic Venous Insufficiency | Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Acute Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Blunt Cardiac Injury | Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death
  • Cardiac-Vascular Pharmacology Updates
    Inotropes | Vasodilators | Anti-Dysrhythmics | Adrenergic Group | Calcium Channel Blockers | Anticoagulants and Fibrinolytics | Diuretics
  • Special Situations
    Race, Ethnic, Gender and Cultural Considerations | Comorbid Conditions | Specific Nursing Considerations
  • Leadership, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Test-Taking Skills, Q & A Session