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Pamela Clark
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Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Supervisor for Accredo, a leader in specialty pharmacy care. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.


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Inotropic Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Congestive Heart Failure

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

This instructional course has been designed to provide conceptual and operational knowledge to the licensed nurse interested in the provision of inotropic medications. Administration of these drugs is becoming more common as the population ages and pressure increases to reduce CHF-related hospitalizations. For the licensed nurse involved in providing this valuable therapy, this course contains current practices for best patient outcomes. This course provides 2 contact hours of continuing education.

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of inotropic therapy. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify at least three indications for inotropic therapy
  2. Demonstrate understanding of inotropic medication administration by recognizing the steps involved in medication preparation and infusion
  3. Recognize at least three potential complications of inotropic therapy
  4. State at least three inotropic monitoring measurements

Curriculum

Chapter 1
Heart Failure

  • Scope of Problem
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Initial Assessment
Chapter 2
Treatment
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Surgery
  • Medication
    • ACE Inhibitors
    • Aldosterone antagonists
    • Angiotensin receptor blockers
    • Beta blockers
    • Diuretics
    • Vasopressors and Inotropes
Chapter 3
Inotropic Medication Administration
  • Vascular Access
  • Equipment
  • Procedures
Chapter 4
Complications

Chapter 5
Monitoring and Documentation

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 20.00
Contact Hours: 2



Accreditation

After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 2.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-335847.

LPN and RN will receive 2 contact hours. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-335847.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.
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