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Nurses at the Forefront of Heart Failure Management

Nurses at the Forefront of Heart Failure Management


Patient Case Study

Time to Complete

45 minutes


May 9, 2016


May 9, 2017
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Maximum Credits

0.75 / CE for Nurses

Accredited Provider

This educational activity is provided by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN).

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation


Produced by Haymarket Medical Education (HME)

Program Description

This Case Clinic challenge is part of a multifaceted heart failure (HF) curriculum that also includes an interactive satellite symposium in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) and an “Expert Perspectives” enduring activity to be posted on myCME after the live symposium. Taken together, these 3 activities are designed to address the critical thinking skills necessary for nurses and other healthcare providers caring for patients with HF. They focus on the most important challenges in the management of this complex clinical syndrome: decreasing mortality and morbidity, hospitalization and readmission; and improving functional outcomes, including quality of life. This Case Clinic focuses on a hypothetical patient who presents with progressive dyspnea, fatigue, and peripheral edema. Interactive questions are interspersed throughout the case to explore clinical options at key clinical decision points.

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for heart failure nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with HF.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize the clinical syndrome of heart failure (HF) and differentiate between HF with reduced or preserved ejection fraction (HFrEF and HFpEF, respectively)
  • Identify strategies that may reduce hospitalization and readmission, such as adherence to therapy, appropriate discharge instructions, and a collaborative team-based approach to patient care
  • Evaluate the mechanisms of action, pharmacologic features, and dosing of existing and new agents for treating and managing HF
  • Determine how to best administer appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies for patients across the spectrum of HF treatments


Robin J. Trupp, RN, PhD, FHFSA, CHFN, FAHA
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Dr. Trupp is employed by Roche Diagnostics.

Nurse Reviewer
Judy A. Haines, BSN, RN, CHFN

Geisinger Medical Center/Clinical Nurse Educator
Danville, PA

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The planners and reviewers for this activity have no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Publishing Staff Disclosures

The Haymarket Medical Education staff have no disclosures to report with any commercial interests relative to this CE activity.




CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

This enduring activity is awarded 0.75 nursing credits.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of approved and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Novartis, AAHFN, and HME do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Novartis, AAHFN, and HME. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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