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Cardiac Surgical Nursing E-Learning

 

Cardiac surgery is a relatively young specialty performed on every continent on earth. Due to its nature many perceive it to be a very technical discipline which depends on a large and increasingly multi-disciplinary team working in a coordinated and harmonious manner to get the best patient outcomes and experience. Central to this nexus of interconnecting multi-disciplinary groups is the Cardiac Surgical Nurse who often acts to co-ordinate the patients care at all stages of the patients journey from pre-op clinic visit, hospital admission, and finally through to discharge home.

 

The hospital experience of the cardiac surgical patient is ‘complicated’ by the fact that all patients will spend some time on a critical care facility post-operatively before they can be ‘stepped down’ to a lower acuity area / ward prior to discharge. Thus, the cardiac surgical nurse must have a good knowledge of ‘general’ critical care as well as specialist skills associate with cardiac surgery. Adult cardiac surgical patients are also often elderly with many comorbidities needing the intervention of many ‘out of hospital support’ services for them and their families. Due to this there is a need to look at the patient in a holistic manner, not only understanding the patients own specific needs but also how to support their relatives during this often emotionally charged and stressful period. Finally, the increasing pace of change means that new technologies and techniques will be constantly being introduced into cardiac surgical care necessitating the cardiac surgical nurse to be a care giver who can be able to help in the critical evaluation and implementation of these advances.

 

Because of these many factors we have decided to produce an E-Learning course in Cardiac Surgical Nursing. It’s learning objectives are to

 

  1. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate safe quality nursing care for cardiac surgical patients
  2. Explore the nurse’s role in managing the post-operative cardiac surgical patient

 

Due to these necessarily broad remits and the large amount of knowledge necessary we have designed it to be modular with aspects covering basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, operative surgery and the various stages of care in the patient journey. Furthermore, to show the global nature of cardiac surgery and reflecting the inputs by many senior nurses the course is written and presented by nurses, PA’s and doctors from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. Practically the course is available in a number of ‘flavors’ from the basics giving a 6-hour introduction to the subject all the way up via ‘add-ons’ to a full specialist 24-hour expert summary including practical video demonstrations of specialist cardiac surgical nursing techniques. Throughout the course there are multiple question and answer sessions which allow you to test your knowledge and to use that knowledge in problem solving in real-life clinical scenarios.

 

Finally we want to ‘broaden the discussion’ by using the E-Learning to build a global community of enthusiastic, evidence-driven, holistic cardiac surgical nurses who will enable us to update the course to ensure that we are able to give the best possible care to our patients before , during and after their cardiac surgery.

 

Basic

 

The online cardiac surgical nursing course is a practical guide to cardiac surgical nursing on the ITU and the ward (‘floor’). It has been designed by a group of cardiac surgical nurses and surgeons from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. It is delivered in a video-lecture style with multiple Q and A sessions throughout  lecture series so that you can test your new knowledge as you go.

 

The basic online cardiac surgical nursing course is aimed at nurses just starting to work in adult cardiac surgery. It covers the basics of anatomy and physiology and operative cardiac surgery. It encompasses lectures on the patient journey from pre-operative decision making, through to patients arriving back on the ITU,  being stepped down to the ward / ‘floor’  and finally being discharged home. It contains sections on the basics of wound care, pressure area care, dealing with sedation, analgesia and the confused post cardiac surgical patient. It also has sections on psychological care and the dealing with the difficult issues of death and dying in the cardiac surgical environment.

From the critical care point of view,  it covers basic areas of cardiac ITU management and cardiac surgical nursing skills on the intensive care unit. Furthermore, it gives very practical lessons on pacing and chest drain management.

 

 

 

Intermediate

 

The online cardiac surgical nursing course is a practical guide to cardiac surgical nursing on the ITU and the ward (‘floor’). It has been designed by a group of cardiac surgical nurses and surgeons from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. It is delivered in a video-lecture style with multiple Q and A sessions throughout  lecture series so that you can test your new knowledge as you go.

 

The Intermediate online cardiac surgical nursing course is aimed at nurses who have been in Cardiac Surgical Nursing for some time and want to increase their knowledge base. It is also of use to those with a background in General ITU who want to transition onto a Cardiac Surgical ITU or look after more Cardiac Surgical Patients.

It covers the basics of anatomy and physiology and operative cardiac surgery. It encompasses lectures on the patient journey from pre-operative decision making, through to patients arriving back on the ITU,  being stepped down to the ward / ‘floor’  and finally being discharged home. It contains sections on the basics of wound care, pressure area care, dealing with sedation, analgesia and the confused post cardiac surgical patient. It also has sections on psychological care and the dealing with the difficult issues of death and dying in the cardiac surgical environment.

 

From the critical care point of view,  it covers basic areas of cardiac ITU management and cardiac surgical nursing skills on the intensive care unit. Due to its more advanced nature, the Intermediate course goes into considerable depth about  Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care decision making so as to aid the practitioner in becoming a dynamic part of the multi-disciplinary team looking after cardiac surgical patients. It gives practical advice about resuscitation of ‘sick’ cardiac surgical patients and gives a brief explanation of CALS / CSU-ALS. Furthermore, it gives very user-friendly lessons on pacing , chest drain management and the IABP,   after which none of these devices (which are hallmarks of post cardiac surgical nursing care) will ever be a mystery again!

 

Advanced

 

The online cardiac surgical nursing course is a practical guide to cardiac surgical nursing on the ITU and the ward (‘floor’). It has been designed by a group of cardiac surgical nurses and surgeons from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. It is delivered in a video-lecture style with multiple Q and A sessions throughout  lecture series so that you can test your new knowledge as you go.

 

The Advanced online cardiac surgical nursing course is aimed at nurses who have been in Cardiac Surgical Nursing for some time and who are already are contemplating becoming an advanced nurse practitioner / practice provider in Cardiac surgery. It is also of use to ANP’s / advanced providers in general critical care who want to transition onto a Cardiac Surgical ITU or look after more Cardiac Surgical Patients.

 

It covers the basics of anatomy and physiology and operative cardiac surgery. It encompasses lectures on the patient journey from pre-operative decision making, through to patients arriving back on the ITU,  being stepped down to the ward / ‘floor’  and finally being discharged home. It contains sections on the basics of wound care, pressure area care, dealing with sedation, analgesia and the confused post cardiac surgical patient. It also has sections on psychological care and the dealing with the difficult issues of death and dying in the cardiac surgical environment.

 

From the critical care point of view,  it covers basic areas of cardiac ITU management and cardiac surgical nursing skills on the intensive care unit. Due to its more advanced nature, the advanced  course goes into considerable depth about  Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care decision making so as to aid the practitioner in becoming a dynamic part of the multi-disciplinary team looking after cardiac surgical patients. It gives practical advice about resuscitation of ‘sick’ cardiac surgical patients and gives a brief explanation of CALS / CSU-ALS. Furthermore, it gives very user-friendly lessons on pacing , chest drain management and the IABP,  after which none of these devices (which are hallmarks of post cardiac surgical nursing care) will ever be a mystery again! It also gives advanced hands on advice about removal of epicardial pacing wires, chest drains and cardiac output monitoring.

Finally,  there are in depth practical lectures about Examination and Assessment, CXR, ECG and Blood Gas analysis which will equip the advanced practitioner to be able to rapidly diagnose post-operative cardiac surgical deterioration.

 

 

An introduction to this course:  

 

 

 


 

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Contact

1435 Taylor Wood Rd, Simpsonville, KY
Phone: (540) 383-2817
Email: david.lizotte@csu-als.org

 

The Lanterns, Sandy Lane, STAFFS ST5 5DP, UK
Phone (+44)  7515911116
Email: Adrian.levine@csu-als.org


Mission

To ensure that cardiac patients receive the best possible care during the worst possible times

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