The long-term goal of treatment and management of heart failure is to avoid exacerbation and decrease hospital readmissions. Nurses play a key role not only in educating the patient regarding the pathophysiology of the disease process, but also in monitoring and serving as a resource to the patient regarding essential medications to optimize cardiac function and reduce morbidity and mortality.
Learning Outcome: After completing this continuing nursing education activity, the learner will be able to understand the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure and the body's compensatory mechanisms to be able to educate patients/families about the prescribed pharmacological treatment. Learning Engagement Activity: Use understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure and the body's compensatory mechanisms to educate patients/families about the prescribed pharmacologic treatment.
Contact hours available until 12/31/2020. Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation. Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article. Commercial Support and Sponsorship: No commercial support or sponsorship declared. Accreditation Information: This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of California must retain this certificate for four years after the CNE activity is completed.
This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Rosemarie Marmion, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, and Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Directors.
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1/22/19 8:50 pm
will continue to educate pt with heart about their medications and their side effect
2/7/19 2:21 pm
I really enjoyed this article. Working on the med/surg unit I am giving many of these medications on a regular basis. I feel as though it will bring to mind this article as I am passing these meds and looking more closely at the patient in their stage of HF. Great article.
2/19/19 4:05 pm
A bit more explanation of pathophysiology would of been helpful.
2/28/19 10:16 pm
Was very informative and will continue to education nursing students on the medications that heart failure patients will be receiving.
5/7/19 10:01 pm
7/27/19 6:11 pm
10/7/19 4:56 pm
Understanding that in Stage B in-adherence is an obstacle because the pt is symptom free, therefore may not understand the importance of the medication regime.
11/2/19 8:04 pm
Sold HF review
6/3/20 3:25 pm
Very informative information on Heart Failure, symptoms and management.