Vol 78, No 6 (2020)
Expert opinion
Published online: 2020-06-02

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A curriculum for heart failure nurses: an expert opinion of the Section of Nursing and Medical Technicians and the Heart Failure Working Group of the Polish Cardiac Society

Izabella Uchmanowicz, Magdalena Lisiak, Małgorzata Lelonek, Ewa A. Jankowska, Agnieszka Pawlak, Joanna Jaroch, Jolanta Kolasa, Piotr Hetman, Ewa Straburzyńska-Migaj, Krystyna Czapla, Jadwiga Nessler
Pubmed: 32486627
Kardiol Pol 2020;78(6):647-652.


ABSTRACT The rates of mortality and morbidity due to heart failure (HF) are expected to significantly rise over the next 10 years owing to an ageing population and will be the highest of all rates pertaining to cardiovascular diseases. To face this rapidly progressing problem, that is, the increasing prevalence of HF and need for care of patients with this disease, an attempt was made to develop a curriculum targeted at HF nurses. The HF nurse, as a member of the therapeutic team, has to play an active role in monitoring patients’ physical and mental condition, coordinating hospital care, planning intervention after discharge from the hospital, and involving the patient and / or his or her family in self‑care, effective cooperation, and communication with the therapeutic team. The curriculum was conceived to complement the knowledge of HF and improve HF nurses’ educational skills. The proposed model of education, based on the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology and led by trained educators, will enable clinicians to fully implement the principles of coordinated care and properly assess the effectiveness of educational interventions in patients with HF.

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Polish Heart Journal (Kardiologia Polska)