Advanced, high-technological cardiac services are available to meet the need of the public in maximizing their health potential and do not work in isolation. Social, economic and environmental factors are recognized as contributing causes of ill health. Nurses need to help in the empowerment of patients, encouraging partnership in accessing appropriate care packages, bridging the gap to ensure the patient is cared for holistically within a cohesive multi-disciplinary service.
From primary preventative care to tertiary care the nurse in cardiology plays a vital role in contributing to a seamless service throughout the patient’s journey. The aim of this course is to advance the student’s knowledge and skills in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. The specialist nurse practitioner requires to empower the patient and their family in every phase of their care, at hospital and community level.