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The ABCs of Blockers - 60042
The ABCs of Blockers
The Antihypertensive Agents

60042 l 2.70 contact hrs
by Bud Dixon, RN, BSN, CCRN and Melody Popovski, RN, BSN and Kate Savage-Ralph, RN, BSN and Yvonne Rucker, RN, BSN and Deborah Gruver, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
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Objectives:
This course has been approved for 4 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2014.
 
The goal of this continuing education module is to increase nurses’ knowledge about four types of medications used to treat hypertension and improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health and improve understanding of nursing implications associated with these medications.
 
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify three elements of optimal cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health
  • Explain how angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy works to lower blood pressure
  • List three systemic responses that occur with ACE inhibitors
  • Identify the most common adverse effects of ACE inhibitors
  • Explain how angiotensin II receptor blockers work to lower blood pressure
  • List three effects of bradykinin
  • Describe the medication therapies using fixed-dose preparations that combine drugs to manage hypertension and patient outcomes
  • Differentiate between the actions of beta 1 and beta 2 blockers
  • List three clinical indications for the use of beta-blockers
  • Explain the use of different beta-blockers based on patient need and characteristics
  • Identify the three subclasses of calcium channel blockers
  • Discuss the primary mechanism of action for each subclass of calcium channel blockers
  • List three clinical indications for the use of calcium channel blockers
  • Describe at least three nursing implications for each — ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers
  • Identify at least three points for patient and family education for each type of medication presented

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 1/29/2016


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