Nicole Kupchik

Author, Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist & Educator

Critical Care Consulting | Quality Improvement/Program Development | Critical Care Education | Certification Reviews

Cardiac Boot Camp Online Course


This course is available for purchase outside of United States & Canada, email us at for details.

Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Price: $159.00 per person, 6 months subscription
Course Length: 720 minutes
Contact Hours: 12.0
What’s Included:

  • 6 months unlimited access 24/7 to the online course
  • 12.0 Contact Hours
  • Downloadable PDF Study Guide
  • Printable CE Certificate


This course sets the foundation and provides a review of the care of patients with various cardiovascular diseases. A focus is made on cardiac physiology & assessment, cardiovascular medications, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, valvular dysfunction and the management of cardiac arrest. In addition, we review the use of non-invasive hemodynamic technology to assess stroke volume & fluid responsiveness.

This course was recorded in front of a live audience over 2 days. A total of 12 contact hours are included. This course is perfect for nurses working in the Emergency Department, Critical Care areas, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Progressive Care & Telemetry.


  1. Cardiovascular Anatomy & Physiology – 57:27 minutes
  2. The ABCDE’s of Cardiovascular Medications – 1:30:32 minutes
  3. Cardiovascular Assessment – 1:13:32 minutes
  4. Heart Failure – 1:15:12 minutes
  5. Non-invasive Hemodynamic Technology – 1:10:47 minutes
  6. Valvular Disease – 54:47 minutes
  7. Acute Coronary Syndromes – 39:41 minutes
  8. Treatment for ACS & Interventional Cardiology – 1:03:47 minutes
  9. Cases in ACS (Part 1) – 1:05:22 minutes
  10. Cases in ACS (Part 2) – 1:05:10 minutes
  11. Improving Outcomes from Cardiac Arrest – 1:03:39 minutes

Learning Objectives

Cardiovascular Anatomy & Physiology

  • Review basic cardiac anatomy & physiology
  • Identify determinants of cardiac performance
  • Discuss systematic approach to optimizing oxygenation and perfusion
  • Understand mechanisms involved with Blood Pressure control

The ABCDE’s of Cardiovascular Medications

  • Review major classes of cardiovascular medications
  • Identify intended effects and uses
  • Identify common side effects

Cardiovascular Assessment

  • Review components of focused CV assessment
  • Identify risk factors associated with CVD
  • Define physical signs of right and left heart failure
  • Identify when valves are open & closed in the cardiac cycle
  • Identify abnormal heart sounds
  • Differentiate systolic and diastolic murmurs

Heart Failure

  • Discuss the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure
  • Describe the impacts of heart failure on the healthcare system
  • Discuss current treatment strategies for heart failure

Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Technology

  • Discuss the concepts of preload & fluid responsiveness
  • Discuss the accuracy of hemodynamic parameters in determining fluid responsiveness

Valvular Disease

  • Recognize difference between stenotic and regurgitant valves
  • Identify causes of valvular disease
  • Review pathophysiology of valvular disease
  • Discuss treatment therapies for different valvular disease

Acute Coronary Syndromes

  • Understanding pathogenesis of atherosclerotic disease
  • Discuss the progression of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Recognize differences between stable and unstable angina
  • Recognize difference between non ST elevation and ST elevation ACS
  • Identify patterns of ischemia and injury associated with ST segment
  • Understand complications that can occur with ACS

Treatments for ACS & Interventional Cardiology

  • Understand current guidelines for ACS Management
  • Identify difference between reperfusion therapies
  • Recognize complications associated with reperfusion therapies
  • Identify appropriate nursing care post PCI
  • Understanding long-term management and secondary prevention of ACS

Cases in ACS (Part 1 – 2)

  • Discuss the changes reflected on the 12 Lead ECG with ischemia, injury & infarction
  • Review the anatomy of a 12 Lead ECG
  • Discuss signs and symptoms associated with inferior, right ventricular & anterior/septal wall myocardial infarctions

Improving Outcomes from Cardiac Arrest

  • Discuss the 2015 ACLS & BLS Guidelines
  • Describe the components of high quality CPR & effective defibrillation
  • Discuss the evidence behind recommended medications

Course Instructors

Nicole Kupchik

Nicole Kupchik

Nicole Kupchik has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years. Originally from Northwest Indiana, she worked as a traveling nurse and settled in Seattle, WA in 1998. She graduated from Purdue University in 1993 and in 2008 obtained a Master of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington.

After moving to Seattle, Nicole took great interest in Resuscitation while working at Harborview Medical Center. She was part of a team who wrote one of the first protocols in the US for Therapeutic Hypothermia after cardiac arrest and has published numerous papers on the topic. In 2009, she led a team that launched an award-winning Sepsis Alert System.

In 2013, Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. She has taught CCRN & PCCN Certification Review courses for over 10 years and has helped thousands of nurses achieve certification! She strongly believes every nurse can and should be board certified in their specialty!


Kristin NathanKristin Nathan

Kristin Nathan has been a registered nurse, specializing in critical care, post open heart recovery and resuscitation, for over 20 years. She graduated with her BSN in 1995 from The Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Nursing Education from Oregon Health & Sciences University and works as a Nursing Education and Simulation Specialist at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

Kristin has worked as a clinical adjunct faculty at Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing and was recently a clinical unit educator for 5 years in a cardiovascular ICU. She has developed an open-heart training program and protocols related to care management with post open heart recovery and is certified in cardiac surgery advanced life support. Kristin has spoken nationally promoting CCRN certification and has collaborated with the Greater Portland Chapter of AACN speaking on hemodynamics for their statewide critical care nursing consortium.


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #16363. This program is approved for 12.0 contact hours.

Course Refund Policy

Once the purchase for the course is made and accessed online, there are no refunds available.

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