Hemodynamic Monitoring Boot Camp: Invasive & Non-Invasive Strategies

This course sets the foundation and provides a review of the care of patients with hemodynamic instability & the need for monitoring. A focus is made on cardiac physiology as well as hemodynamic concepts via invasive & non-invasive monitoring. A review of the Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC), arterial lines, SvO2 monitoring & non-invasive monitoring will be made with application through case studies.

This introductory Hemodynamic Monitoring course is perfect for nurses working in Critical Care, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, the Emergency Department, Progressive Care & Telemetry. Baseline knowledge of cardiac care is helpful prior to attending this course.

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!

"Start low and go up SLOW"

Nicole has a way of simplifying and explaining hemodynamic concepts that makes learning fun and easy. The case reviews at the end of the course are my favorite part. The case reviews help me visualize the patient and apply concepts I learned. ~ B.D.

Course Details

Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Contact Hours: 9.0
Course Length: 519 minutes

This Course Focuses On

A focus is made on cardiac physiology, hemodynamic concepts via invasive & non-invasive monitoring. A review of the Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC), arterial lines, SvO2 monitoring & non-invasive monitoring will be made with application through case studies.

Learning Objectives

Foundational Concepts of Hemodynamics

  • Discuss normal anatomy of the heart
  • Describe the cardiac cycle
  • Describe normal coronary perfusion
  • Discuss basic hemodynamic concepts

Blood Pressure

  • Discuss the determinants of blood pressure
  • Describe how the SNS & RAAS systems assist in compensation
  • Discuss the role of arterial lines in critical care

Pulmonary Artery Catheter

  • Discuss the appropriate patient population to utilize a pulmonary artery catheter
  • Describe the various ports & lumens on the PA Catheter
  • Discuss contraindications
  • Describe set up & insertion of the catheter
  • Analyze & interpret CVP & PAOP waveforms

Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

  • Describe the latest literature on fluid choice
  • Discuss the concepts of preload & fluid responsiveness
  • Describe how to perform the passive leg raise test
  • Discuss the implications of fluid over & under-resuscitation
  • Describe the accuracy of non-invasive hemodynamic technology in determining fluid responsiveness
  • Analyze fluid management using evidence-based research to support critical decision through case examples

Functional Hemodynamics/Arterial Line Technologies

  • Review arterial line technologies
  • Discuss how these devices are incorporated clinically
  • Discuss limitations of arterial line derived hemodynamics

Medications Used for Hemodynamic Support

  • Discuss commonly used vasopressor, positive inotrope & vasodilating medications
  • Describe the mechanism of action, dosage ranges & adverse effects of vasopressors, positive inotropes & vasodilators

Putting It All Together

  • Apply hemodynamic & medication knowledge learned throughout the course using case studies

Additional Information

What's Included

  • 1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course
  • 9.0 Contact Hours
  • Downloadable PDF Study Guide
  • Printable CE Certificate


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #16363. This program is approved for 9.0 contact hours.

Course Refund Policy

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

Course Agenda

Module 1: Course Overview

  • Lesson 1: Welcome & Course introduction

Module 2: Foundational Concepts of Hemodynamics

  • Lesson 1: The Basics! - 24:24 mins
  • Lesson 2: Determinants of Cardiac Output - 43:35 mins
  • Lesson 3: Tissue Oxygenation - 23:24 mins
  • Lesson 4: Lactate, Procalcitonin & Knee Mottling - 32:43 mins

Module 3: Blood Pressure

  • Lesson 1: Blood Pressure Regulation - 9:45 mins
  • Lesson 2: Arterial Line Basics - 22:39 mins
  • Lesson 3: How Do You Trust the Numbers? - 9:43 mins

Module 4: The Pulmonary Artery Catheter

  • Lesson 1: Anatomy of a PA Catheter - 41:31 mins
  • Lesson 2: Reading the Waveforms - 23:06 mins
  • Lesson 3: Using a Respiratory Waveform - 30:56 mins

Module 5: Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Fluid Choice - 24:11 mins
  • Lesson 2: Getting the Amount of Fluid Right! - 18:59 mins
  • Lesson 3: The Passive Leg Raise (PLR) Test - 8:52 mins
  • Lesson 4: Bioreactance Technology - 20:03 mins
  • Lesson 5: Continuous BP/CO Digit Technology - 7:54 mins
  • Lesson 6: Capnography - 14:16 mins

Module 6: Functional Hemodynamics/Arterial Line Technologies

  • Lesson 1: Arterial Line Technologies - 21:59 mins

Module 7: Medications Used for Hemodynamic Support

  • Lesson 1: Vasopressors - 34:22 mins
  • Lesson 2: Positive Inotropes - 7:12 mins
  • Lesson 3: Vasodilators - 15:29 mins

Module 8: Putting It All Together

  • Lesson 1: Case Study #1 - 16:45 mins
  • Lesson 2: Case Study #2 - 22:03 mins
  • Lesson 3: Case Study #3 - 27:53 mins
  • Lesson 4: Case Study #4 - 12:57 mins
  • Lesson 5: Shock States - 4:43 mins

Module 9: Wrap Up & Next Steps

Here are what nurses are saying about Nicole and her teaching style:

"Nicole does a great job teaching in a way you can understand and keeps your attention."

"Great course! Kept us engaged as well for a long class. Great methods used to teach and remember course information."

"Your energy and passion to teach makes learning a breeze! Love how you break down complicated content and make it easy to remember."

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