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Cardiac ICU Nursing Online CNE Course

This online CNE course is designed to provide an overview of cardiac intensive care nursing. Session topics include a general cardiac overview, heart failure, pacemaker basics, chest tube management, left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) including right heart failure, and care of a patient on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) including nursing assessment, device management, physiology concepts, and bedside emergencies with an ECMO Specialist.


Target Audience

This online CNE course is designed for nurses providing critical care for cardiology patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define basic cardiology terms including an overview of heart failure.
  • Describe critical nursing care of a patient including chest tube management, pacemaker therapy, nursing assessment, and device monitoring.
  • Differentiate veno-venous and veno-arterial ECMO circuits.
  • Identify pericardial compressive syndromes and emergency situations.


Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.30 ANCC
  • 3.30 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This online CNE course is only presented via online modules and recordings.

Course Director: 
Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Michael R. LeGal, DNP, RN
Nursing Education Specialist
Department of Nursing 
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
Jeffrey G. Dobberpuhl, RN
Cardiac Device Specialty RN
Department of Nursing 
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
Stephanie A. Blakeman, RN
RN ECMO Coordinator
Department of Nursing 
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Leah Chasm-Velasco, APRN, CNP, MSN
LVAD Coordinator
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statements


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 3.30 ANCC contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals

A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 3.30 ANCC
  • 3.30 Attendance


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for cancellations must be submitted in writing to

If the cancellation is made prior to the start of the activity, a refund less an administration fee of $25 will be issued. If the cancellation is made after the start of the activity, no refund will be issued. All refunds will be made using the same method as the original payment.


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Required Hardware/software

Audio and video capabilities are required for viewing the enduring modules.