Navigating Symptom Management in Heart Failure: The Crucial Role of the Critical Care Nurse

Author(s): Karen M. Vuckovic, PhD, APRN, Rebecca (Schuetz) Bierle, MSN, APRN, Catherine J. Ryan, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2023

Topics: Cardiovascular

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, APRN, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This article reviews the complexities and issues surrounding the patient’s ability to recognize heart failure symptoms and the critical care nurse’s role in facilitating early intervention. It outlines the many barriers to symptom recognition and response, including multi-morbidities, age, symptom intensity, symptom escalation, and health literacy. The influence of self-care on heart failure management is also described.


  • Identify the facilitators and barriers of symptom recognition.
  • Define the key concepts of self-management.
  • Name 3 actions that the critical care nurse can initiate to promote self-care management.

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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