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Introduction to the fundamentals of cardiovascular care

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that the content is subject to change without notice.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses working on medical and surgical wards. It may also be of value to community and practice nurses, as well as novice clinicians in the critical care areas

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member $327.00

EN member $269.00

RN non-member $385.00

EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • review cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology and neurohormonal regulation of blood pressure
  • recognise common signs and symptoms of cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • explain the principles of cardiothoracic assessment and related diagnostic procedure
  • discuss the short- and long-term care and management of patients with chronic cardiovascular dysfunction.

Program outline

Day one




Review of thoracic anatomy and physiology, principles of assessing breathlessness and chest pain 

10.30amMorning tea
10.45amCardiovascular and neurohormonal determinants of systemic blood pressure
1.30pmBasic ECG skills
3.00pmAfternoon tea
3.15pmCardiac arrhythmias - diagnosis and management
5.00pmEnd of day one

Day two


Introduction to heart and lung physical assessment


Morning tea

10.45amCare of patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes
1.30pmClinical management of chronic heart failure

Case scenarios - group work

  • hypertension, ACS, HF, microvascular myocardial dysfunction
4.45pmSummary, evaluation and finish