Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program

The goal of this program is to prepare nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to demonstrate competent clinical performance/expertise of cardiovascular nurses and improve patient care outcomes.

Program Description:

The Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines didactic material and in-depth clinical experience. Using a blended-learning approach, this program prepares nurses for the cardiovascular specialty practice arena.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Provide safe quality patient care for patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Use evidence for clinical decision making
  • Advance professional confidence and competence as evidenced by passing National Certification

Program Pertinence:

The Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program will provide a workforce pipeline for the cardiovascular specialty line of service. The anticipated challenges of the changing demographics of registered nurses, aging population, and health care system reform indicate a critical need for educational programs that support lifelong learning and organizational transformation that meet and/or exceed safe quality care outcomes. The Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program will provide a blended-learning approach to advance the nurse from novice to expert with the intentional outcome of passing the certification exam for the cardiovascular specialty area. In addition, programmatic evaluation and nursing research will define the linkage between the Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program and optimal patient care outcomes.

This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division. 129 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.

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Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty Program

The Cardiovascular Nurse Specialty (CVNS) Program is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines didactic material and in-depth clinical experience. This Program will provide a blended-learning approach towards cardiovascular nursing specialization, with the intent of passing the certification exam for the cardiovascular specialty area.

Length: 12 weeks, with a 12-hour commitment each week.

Cost: $3750; flexible payment terms available

Eligibility Criteria: Any graduate from an accredited nursing program with an active unencumbered RN License or recent graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or above and eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Conflict of interest: No individuals in a position to control content for this activity have any relevant financial relationships to declare.

This continuing education program is jointly provided by the Arizona Heart Foundation and Arizona College. Arizona Heart Foundation will ensure the educational activity has a strong educational design and meets the ANCC/Multistate Division (MSD) Accreditation Program educational design criteria.

Each week the participant will be required to complete:

  1. 4 hours of Didactic Sessions. 2 hours self-directed online learning, and 2 hours’ classroom instruction. The participant will engage in self-directed online learning modules to prepare for robust, interactive discussion during didactic sessions. Didactic instruction is held every Monday from 1245-1445 at the Arizona College Campus located at 163 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201. 48 Continuing Education (CE) Hours.
  2. 2 hours of simulation scenarios immediately following didactic instruction. The participant will demonstrate application of knowledge through experiential learning via low and high-fidelity simulation scenarios. Simulation is held every Monday 1500-1700 at the Arizona College Campus located at 163 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201. 21 Continuing Education (CE) Hours.
  3. 6 hours of practicum each week in the core areas of: Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), High-Acuity Telemetry, Cardiac Rehab, Physician Collaboration, Cardiovascular Surgery, Diagnostic testing, Electrophysiology Lab, Cardiac catheterization lab, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Outpatient Clinics (murmur clinic, Heart Failure Clinic). Arrangements for the practicum experience will be coordinated for each student individually, using and individualized learning plan, in collaboration with the AZ Heart Foundation programmatic leadership. Please note: Practicum experiences may be completed at place of employment with completion of learning objectives signed by unit Manager/Director. 60 Continuing Education (CE) Hours.

This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division. 129 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.

For more information please contact Dawna Cato, RN (azheartcvns@gmail.com) or Paula Banahan, RN (pbanahan@azheartfoundation.org).

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