Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Cardiac Diseases

presented by Cheryl Lehman

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a specialized set of team interventions for the patient experiencing cardiac disease or surgery. This course will review the cardiac rehabilitation program, and the conditions appropriate for cardiac rehabilitation. The role of the rehabilitation nurse in cardiac rehabilitation will be stressed.

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

    Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role in 1994; and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Rehabilitation Science in 2005, also from UTMB. Dr. Lehman is board-certified in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN); gerontological nursing (RN-BC); and in the CNS role (CNS-BC). Dr. Lehman’s clinical nursing experience includes medical surgical, geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing in the roles of staff nurse, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist. She has worked in the rehabilitation nursing field since 1987. She is a past-president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and the Editor and a co-author for the 7th edition of The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum. Dr. Lehman’s articles and chapters on rehabilitation and gerontological topics have also been widely published in national journals and textbooks. Dr. Lehman retired in 2014 at the rank of Clinical Professor from the University of Texas system after 24 years of service. She worked in the clinical setting at UTMB for 17 years, and her most recent service was in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she worked for 7 years in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Lehman currently serves as a nursing consultant in educational and legal endeavors.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Cardiac Rehabilitation: Indications and Programs

    1. Cardiac Rehabilitation: Indications and Programs

    This chapter reviews the background of, indications for, and specific activities in a cardiac rehabilitation program. The history and background of cardiac rehabilitation is discussed, along with goals and anticipated outcomes. The phases of cardiac rehabilitation are presented and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation will be discussed.

  2. Disease Conditions Requiring Cardiac Rehabilitation

    2. Disease Conditions Requiring Cardiac Rehabilitation

    This chapter reviews the disease conditions requiring cardiac rehabilitation, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital conditions, and valvular disease. and appropriate nursing interventions for the cardiac rehabilitation patient. Indications for rehabilitation will be discussed.

  3. The Nurse’s Role in Cardiac Rehabilitation

    3. The Nurse’s Role in Cardiac Rehabilitation

    The rehabilitation nurse’s role in caring for patients with cardiac disorders is essential to promote positive patient outcomes. This chapter reviews the role of the rehabilitation nurse on the cardiac rehabilitation team, and addresses appropriate nursing interventions for the cardiac rehabilitation patient.