The third Mount Sinai Heart Nurse Practitioner Symposium was designed to enhance knowledge regarding prevention, intervention and management of cardiovascular disease. Topics included evidence-based approaches and cutting-edge technologies in areas such as heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, atrial fibrillation, stroke management and treatment of mental illness in relation to cardiac disease. In addition to clinical issues, advanced practice nursing issues were discussed.
A questionnaire was distributed to the NPs who attended the October symposium to define their role and scope of practice. The results revealed more than 93% of the NPs were certified. The majority of the respondents work full time in teaching hospitals, but 17% were from private practices or clinic settings. In addition, more than 31% were interested in pursuing a DNP.Symposium attendees, from left, Joel Estabello, NP; Kristina Salva, NP; Minette Sapitula; and speaker Mary Brennan.
NPs mostly practice direct patient care, according to the questionnaire, and the most frequent components identified were admission history and physicals, writing orders, discussing care issues and adjusting medications. Among respondents, 46% said they also perform non-clinical duties, such as teaching, program development and committee-based involvement. Only 23% of NPs perform procedures, the most common being line placement, discontinuing chest tubes/lines/IABP, removal of sheaths and diagnostic cardiac catheterizations.
The program was organized through the collaborative efforts of the cardiology nurse practitioners, in conjunction with the nurse educator at Mount Sinai Heart. The symposium included several presenters, all NPs and cardiologists from Mount Sinai Hospital. Keynote speaker Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCCM, professor and director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, discussed Measuring ACNP Outcomes, emphasizing the importance of monitoring outcomes of ACNP practice to further advance the role.Symposium attendees, from left, Maria Tan, NP; speaker Janet Johnson, NP; Sylvia Bute-Parker, NP; and Theresa Delvecchio, NP.
Some of the other speakers included Carol Haugaard, MS, ANP-BC, of ADS Cardiology Service, who discussed Brugada Syndrome; Eric Stern, associate professor of medicine and cardiology, who discussed Everything You Wanted to Know About Echocardiograms But Were Afraid to Ask; and Caroline Austin-Mattison, MS, ANP-BC, of the cardiac catheterization lab, who covered Treatment of Hyperlipidemia.
The 2010 symposium will be Nov. 5. For information, e-mail [email protected]