Cardiac Nursing
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Continuing Education

Can massage really help to relieve pain, anxiety, and tension in cardiac surgical patients? Learn how by exploring Massage Therapy: A Comfort Intervention for Cardiac Surgery Patients.
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice
May/June 2007

Ventricular assist devices are no longer just a bridge to heart transplant - they can be used as a permanent device for patients with severe heart failure. Learn more about Ventricular Assist Devices in the Adult.
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
April/June 2007

As a cardiac nurse, you are instrumental in obtaining and interpreting a 12-lead ECG, as well as communicating your findings. Don't miss Interpreting 12-Lead Electrocardiograms for Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: What Nurses Know.
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
May/June 2007

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Recommended Reading

What are the four causes of AV dissociation? Find out in ECG Challenges: Atrioventricular Dissociation.
AACN Advanced Critical Care
April/June 2007

See if you can solve the case of Mrs. Reynolds. Try your hand at diagnosing her arrhythmia based on a six-second strip and the history of her present illness in Hospital Extra: ECG Challenge: How Strip Savvy Are You?
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
June 2007

A cardiac examination is often part of any physical assessment, regardless of your practice setting. Make sure you are using your stethoscope correctly by reading Practical Cardiac Auscultation.
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
April/June 2007

Heart failure affects nearly 5 million people in the U.S. Brush up on your understanding of the Management of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure.
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
April/June 2007

Review the anatomy and electrophysiology of the heart by reading Heart Beats: Get Heart Smart.
Nursing2007 Critical Care
May 2007


'Get With The Guidelines' is a hospital-based quality improvement program to bridge the gap between expectations for care in published guidelines and actual care delivery in clinical practice. Be sure to read Improving Outcomes for Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients in the Hospital Setting: Successful Implementation of the American Heart Association "Get With The Guidelines" Program by Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses.
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
May/June 2007

Troponin is currently the selected biomarker to detect cardiac injury. Learn more about this protein in Diagnostic Update: Troponin Targets Cardiac Injury.
Nursing2007 Critical Care
May 2007

Additional Reading...
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Cardiac Insider

Featured Products from

12-Lead ECG Interpretation
This multimedia program presents an engaging, interactive approach to mastery of 12-lead ECG interpretation. The program uses case studies and sample patient ECGs to replicate real clinical situations.

Cardiac Nursing
Now thoroughly updated with current, evidence-based material, Cardiac Nursing is recognized as "The Red Reference Book" for nurses caring for patients who have, or are at risk for developing, cardiac diseases.

ECG Facts Made Incredibly Quick!
This book provides instant access to information that every nurse needs for safe patient care. It fits comfortably into a pocket, and the wipeable page surface allows nurses to write notes and remove them easily.

Essentials of Cardiac Rhythm Recognition
Updated and enhanced for its Second Edition, this multimedia program presents an engaging, interactive approach to understanding cardiac rhythms and their clinical significance. The program uses case studies and actual patient rhythm strips to replicate clinical situations.

Anatomy of the Heart Anatomical Chart
Images show anterior, posterior, and superior views of the heart and illustrate right and left ventricles, heart valves, and blood circulation. Cross section and anterior view of the heart and lungs are included.

Duke Heart Center
Where pioneering innovation combines with renowned skill and compassion.

Duke Heart Center is passionate about providing state-of-the-art cardiac care to help thousands of heart patients lead, longer, healthier lives.

Their decades of experience in caring for patients with heart disease has established them as one of the world's leading programs in cardiac care, research, and education. In fact, Duke is ranked among the top seven heart programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.

Much of Duke’s pioneering spirit is because every day a dedicated team pools their talents to achieve the highest level of excellence in patient care.

The excitement, energy and innovation within the Duke Heart Center make it an ideal destination for nursing. Medical, surgical and research advancements are an every day occurrence and everywhere you look, is clear evidence of a continuous commitment to being the very best through teamwork, high quality care and compassion.

Recently, a Cardiac ICU nurse said “I learn something new everyday, there is never a dull moment and the environment is stimulating.” While a Cardiac Medicine, Step-down Clinical Nurse II chimed in “There are cases here that you will never see anywhere else. There are cases that we will handle that no one else will. The acuity, the equipment and the opportunities for learning are unbelievable.”

Not only are the nurses here highly skilled and compassionate, but they are also well-represented in national organizations, and research and educational undertakings.

Beyond the workplace, the RNs within the Heart Center are very involved in the community. Through health fairs, screenings and educational seminars. One Duke RN commented “it is amazing how generous patients are with their time too. Many come back after treatment and volunteer their time to patients who are going through something similar.”

Duke is home to many firsts that have benefited surgery patients. These range from the pioneering use of hypothermia during cardio-vascular surgery to playing a leading role in the development and refinement of minimally invasive techniques for many aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, easing recovery and enhancing outcomes for patients.

Facility Spotlights

Duke Heart Center is the second largest heartand lung transplant program in the country including single, double, heart/lung and living-related transplants.

Duke Heart Center is among the world's largest series of minimally invasive mitral valve procedures.

Duke Heart Center is consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiovascular programs in America by US News and World Report.

Duke University Hospital was selected as one of only 10 U.S. hospitals to participate in Expecting Success: Excellence in Cardiac Care.

In fact, The Cardiothoracic Surgery department has successfully reduced length of stay by 30% and decreased surgical mortality from 3.3% to 1.6%. Nearly three out of four Duke heart transplant patients survive five years of more after their procedures, exceeding national rates. And, the lung transplant program is widely recognized as the nation’s largest and most successful.

Cardiac and Thoracic surgery is a vibrant, improving field, and one Duke will work tirelessly to lead.

Whether you prefer the excitement of helping implement cutting-edge treatments technology in a fast-paced environment or the close relationships that evolve through continuous contact with rehabilitation patients and their families, you can find it within the Duke Heart Center.

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