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Elizabeth A. Henneman

Second Advisor

Karen Giuliano

Third Advisor

Jenna Marquard

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Heart failure is a serious chronic health problem requiring ongoing management to control disease progression. Consequences of inadequate heart failure management include acute exacerbation, worsening baseline status, and possibly death. Nurses play a key role in surveillance of patients with heart failure and in management of their condition as part of the interprofessional health care team. During episodes of acute decompensation of heart failure, nurses must be able to detect onset of signs and symptoms, initiate appropriate nursing interventions promptly, and communicate with the provider and other team members as needed. Although heart failure is a common health problem in older adults, it is still not well managed in post-hospital care settings, as attested to by high hospital readmission rates. To help reverse this, nurses need to be skilled in heart failure assessment and treatment, which begins in undergraduate nursing education. This experimental study describes how the use of a heart failure assessment checklist could facilitate recognition and management of heart failure exacerbation by student nurses. This could ultimately enhance their professional practice as nurses.


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