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Advanced Professional Training

A Lifetime of Learning

Health care is a dynamic field. Continuing education is necessary to stay abreast of rapid advancements in medical knowledge and technology. To maintain the proficiency of our talented heart team, we offer regular opportunities for continuing education.

Cardiovascular Surgical and Hospital Grand Rounds
Employees attend weekly hospital Grand Rounds, which address a variety of medical topics. Cardiovascular Surgical Grand Rounds, also offered weekly, focus specifically on heart care topics.

Cardiac Cath and Echocardiography Conferences
Weekly Cardiac Cath and monthly Echocardiography Conferences offer opportunities for cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, and other professional staff to review case studies and evaluate recent research findings. During these sessions, our heart team learns about new approaches to cardiovascular care.

Cardiovascular Care Circle
The Cardiovascular Care Circle is an educational forum for nurses. Every month, nurses select a patient with a particularly rare or complicated case. All nurses involved in the patient’s care present the case study to their peers. This process allows all nurses to advance their knowledge to help future patients.

In-House Nursing Education

  • Individualized Nurse Orientation
  • Critical Care Course
  • Dysrhythmia Recognition Training
  • 12-Lead EKG Training
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) National Stroke Scale Training

Community Education for Nurses
Each year, Deaconess nurses attend the Heart of Cardiovascular Nursing seminar, a full day event. Multiple other opportunities are available. Often, the Deaconess Foundation aids us in our pursuit of knowledge by offering educational grants.

Professional Certifications
Deaconess Heart Services is somewhat unique in having board certified interventional cardiologists. To support these specialty physicians, we employ a significant number of Critical Care Registered Nurses. In fact, Deaconess has been honored with an award for our CCRN Certification Drive. Additionally, all cardiac nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) within one year of employment.