Pharmacology Course 2019

PCNA's annual pharmacology CE program

Heart Failure, Pharmacology, Risk Assessment and Management
Member Cost: $35Non-member Cost: $95
Credits: 5.0 CE contact hours, 3.7 CE pharmacology hours

Course Overview

2019 Pharmacology PreConference

Clinical management of chronic cardiovascular disease is a key component of the work of advanced practice nurses and RNs in the cardiology and primary care settings. PCNA develops an annual pharmacology CE program to meet the clinical practice and recertification needs of these clinicians.

This 2019 course curriculum includes a comprehensive approach to pharmacology in:

  1. Asthma, COPD and CVD: Why is everyone short of breath?
  2. Aspirin: The Magic Bullet for Prevention of CVD and Cancer?
  3. An Integrative Approach to Managing Pain in an Era of Opioid Misuse and Addiction
  4. Building Strong Bones: What CV Nurses Need to Know about Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis
  5. Balancing Therapies in Patients with Hyperkalemia and Heart Failure

This is an independent self-paced course with pre- and post-course evaluations.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Asthma, COPD and CVD: Why is everyone short of breath?
    • Define and describe classification systems for asthma and COPD and the related implications for pharmacological treatment and patient management.
    • Discuss medications prescribed in the management of asthma and COPD including short and long-acting bronchodilators, corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers and theophylline, highlighting the clinical considerations in patients with CVD and interactions with medications commonly used to treat CVD.
  2. Aspirin: The Magic Bullet for Prevention of CVD and Cancer?
    • List the benefits and harms of using aspirin to prevent CVD and cancer.
    • Summarize the evidence-based recommendations for prescribing aspirin in primary and secondary prevention of CVD.
    • Describe available aspirin preparations and their clinical application in patients with CVD and other co-morbid conditions.
  3. An Integrative Approach to Managing Pain in an Era of Opioid Misuse and Addiction
    • Review the current crisis as it relates to opioid misuse and addiction.
    • Define opioid use disorder and describe how it is diagnosed.
    • List risk factors for “chemical coping”, available screening tools and strategies to identify patients at higher risk for nonmedical opioid use.
    • Describe best practices, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies, for managing acute and chronic pain in patients with cardiovascular disease
  4. Building Strong Bones: What CV Nurses Need to Know about Fracture Prevention and Osteoporosis
    • Describe risk factors for bone fracture and the use of bone densitometry and the FRAX calculation to determine 10-year risk.
    • List strategies for the prevention of low bone density and fracture.
    • Discuss evidence-based pharmacologic therapy for the management of osteopenia and osteoporosis including long-term use of drugs and drug holidays.
    • Apply shared decision-making strategies (risk vs benefit analysis) within clinical cases to optimize treatment plans incorporating current evidence in the management of bone health.
  5. Balancing Therapies in Patients with Hyperkalemia and Heart Failure
    • Identify the causes and consequences of hyperkalemia for patients with heart failure.
    • List the normal range of blood potassium, and the levels measured that would indicate a patient that is hypokalemic or hyperkalemic.
    • Describe best practice recommendations regarding the use of RAAS inhibitors and potassium binders in the management of patients with comorbid conditions including heart failure, CVD and chronic kidney disease.
    • Using case studies, describe the role of shared decision-making in the current treatment options for hyperkalemia.

Faculty

  • Dr. Lori Wilken
  • Yin Cao, MPH, ScD,
  • Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP-BC
  • Randall Hudspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN-CNP/CNS,
  • Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP
  • Lynsey Mahlum, RN, MS ANP-BC