Management of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) for Nurses


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About the Course: 
Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines will be presented in subsequent courses. Nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in this course.  

Learning Outcomes 
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) regarding cardiac output.
  • Define the risk factors for the development of AF.
  • Relate the history and physical assessment for AF to case studies.
  • Identify the diagnostic evaluation for AF.
  • Distinguish between paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent/chronic atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe the complications of AF.
  • Discuss the basic principles of pharmacologic management of AF.

About the Author 
Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, is the founding director of nursing at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Vanderbilt University and was formerly educated at The University of Michigan (post master’s acute care nurse practitioner) and Wayne State University (MSN and BSN). She has been an associate of Ascension-St John-Providence Health Care System since 1981. Dr. Jamison has spent her entire nursing career in critical care nursing with an emphasis on caring for patients with cardiac illnesses. She is currently practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in cardiovascular surgery (since 2005) and formerly in cardiology since 1998. Dr. Jamison has an extensive history as an educator for undergraduate (BSN) as well as primary and acute care nurse practitioner students since 1994. She has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice with a focus on cardiology, nursing education, and quality improvement initiatives. 

How to Receive Credit:

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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Course Verification 
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