Medical Crossfire®: Nurse Practitioners and Nurses Combatting Heart Failure: Improving Outcomes and Enhancing Quality of Life

Faculty Speakers

Jamie L. W. Kennedy, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Coronary Care Unit and Pulmonary Hypertension Center
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Emily Benton, NP-C
Advanced Practice Provider
Division of Cardiology
Section of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Aurora, Colorado
Nicole Dellise, DNP, FNP-BC, CHFN
Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner
Saint Thomas Heart Comprehensive Heart Failure Program
Nashville, Tennessee

Activity Overview

This program explores the role of the nurse practitioner and the nurse at the forefront of the multidisciplinary team, with a focus on the appropriate use of current and evolving treatment options, thus improving their abilities to promote shared decision-making with their patients, and ultimately improve their patients’ functional outcomes as well as enhance their quality of life.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
  • Articulate the role of the nurse practitioner and the nurse and in heart failure (HF) management
  • Identify risk factors that impact morbidity, mortality, and quality-of-life outcomes in patients with HF
  • Apply appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies for patients across the spectrum of HF treatments based on the most recent clinical evidence and guidelines
  • Determine appropriate strategies shown to reduce recidivism in HF, focusing on the need for a collaborative, team-based approach
Release Date: 11/17/17
Expiration Date: 11/17/18

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (cardiology, emergency department, hospital, outpatient) in the diagnosis and management of heart failure.

This activity is supported by an education grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.



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