This program is for both new staff in the cardiac catheterization lab and for the more experienced staff to prepare for the RCIS examination. The program is comprehensive, beginning with a review of the anatomy and physiology, the basic and more advanced waveform analysis, the identification of shunts, and the treatment modality. This program reviews the right heart catheterization, left heart catheterization, and interventional equipment descriptions and uses. The differentiation of coronary balloons, wires, and stents will be discussed. Commonly used cardiac medications are reviewed along with their effects and side effects.
History of Cardiac Catheterization
Venous and Arterial Systems
Right Coronary Artery
Left Coronary Artery
Layers of the Heart
Cardiac Conduction System
Pacing System of the Heart
Electrical Properties of the Heart
Normal Conduction Impulses
Phase I of the Clotting Cascade
Phase II of the Clotting Cascade
Bernadette has been the Cardiology Nurse Consultant for the VAMC Patient Care Services since 2005. Her duties include site reviews and implementation of new Cath/EP programs within the VA network. She has been involved in establishing national standards for the policy and procedure manual and in quality assurance/performance improvement for the Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Laboratories. For the last 11 years Bernadette has been the Nurse Director of the Cardiology Department at Jesse Brown VAMC. Her responsibilities include the complete re-alignment of the Cath Lab services, developing policy and procedures manuals for both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University hospital systems, and continues to assist in performance of a variety of Cath Lab procedures. She has served on various committees including Chairman of the VHA Directive re-write on BLS/ACLS, as a member of the REDi-VA resuscitation committee to standardize crash carts and collect national data on cardiopulmonary arrests, and as a member of the National Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) for Cardiology. Bernadette has presented numerous lectures at the Cath Lab National Meetings including Joint Commission Review, Staffing Allocation and Radial Catheterization. She served as the Co-Chairman of the JBVA/UIC Lecture Series for TransRadial Catheterization and Left Ventricular Support Devices and has trained over 250 staff from all over the US in the use of these updated programs. Disclosure: Bernadette Speiser, MSN , CCRN , RCIS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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