Thrombolytic Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing - N1749


About Course #N1749

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Thrombolytic medications are commonly used to treat thromboembolic disorders, including acute ischemic cerebrovascular accident, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and pulmonary embolism. These patient populations represent individuals at high risk of morbidity and mortality. The treatment of these conditions is often time sensitive and requires quick action to be taken. Thus, a working knowledge of thrombolytic drugs is important for nurses who may manage these patients. In addition, there are critical differences in terms of the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of these agents that leads one option to be superior to another or drives the patient monitoring that needs to occur.

All clinicians play an important role in managing patients with these conditions who are eligible for high-risk pharmacologic therapies, such as thrombolytics. Specific knowledge of the general information and caveats associated with thrombolytic therapy is vital for optimal patient care outcomes to be achieved. This course is designed for nurses (registered and advanced practice nurses) who prescribe for or provide care to patients being considered for thrombolytic medications. The purpose of this course is to increase nurses' knowledge of thrombolytic medications so that they can identify the optimal therapy and safely use these medications.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with course #N1752 Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Therapies: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing.

About the Author(s)

William L. Baker, PharmD, FCCP, FACC, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Pharmacy in Storrs, Connecticut. Dr. Baker received his BS in Pharmacy Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees from the UConn School of Pharmacy in 2000 and 2002, respectively. After being in clinical practice for a number of years, he completed a 2-year cardiovascular pharmacology and outcomes research fellowship at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut (2006-2008). He has been on faculty with the UConn School of Pharmacy since 2009.

Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, graduated with a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) specializing in nursing education and as an adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She conducted a successful quality improvement project for her DNP project titled Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Adult via Interprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool.

Course Disclosures

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