Day 1

Highlights of the NM Cardiothoracic Symposium include trends in cardiovascular disease management, and breakout sessions on VADs, hemodynamic monitoring, trach management, pacemakers and chest tubes and heart rhythms.


Day 2

Highlights of the NM Cardiothoracic Symposium include trends in interventional cardiology, use of ECMO for post cardiac arrest treatment and circulatory support, and perioperative nursing management of thoracic surgery patients.

Learning Objectives

Day 1

1. Discuss the latest novel therapies for the management of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and cardiovascular disease.
2. Describe the nursing implications for various cardiovascular treatment modalities. 
3. Cite the latest pharmacotherapies used in the management of cardiac diseases and stroke prevention.
4. Review past research studies used to provide the best evidence-based guidelines in practice today
5. Analyze the continuum of care for patients with advanced cardiovascular disease.

Day 2

1.  Explain the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular disease
2. Identify the latest therapies and treatments for pulmonary vascular diseases.
3. Examine the pathophysiology of hyperlipidemia, current pharmacology, treatments and nursing implications.
4. Recognize common complications and nursing interventions for the care of the open heart surgery patient.
5. List the nursing implications for the management of patients with cardiogenic or respiratory shock on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.


Target Audience

The target audience includes clinical nurses, critical care, surgical, cardiac and thoracic nurses, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists,  case managers, and allied health professionals working in or interested in the care of cardiothoracic patients.

Accreditation statement

Northwestern Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit designation statement

Nursing contact hours are pending, please contact Stephanie Seburn @ for more information.


Mary Alice Ackerman

Allen Anderson

Sue Callazo

Jenny Cleary

Kerri Evans

Patrick Ferguson

Monica Fiehler

Marianne Harris

Kathleen Hoke

Craig Leonard

Eric Liotta

Randy McGregor

Jackie Messinger

Kannan Mutharasan

Aubrey Opty

Rod Passman

Tekesha Pate

Johnathan Rich

Sue Ryan

Daniel Schimmel

Hardik Thakkar

Sanket Thakkar

Megan White

Registration information


NM employees (all regions) $25.00 per day- $50 for 2 days.

Non- NM (external RNs) $75.00 per day- $150 for 2 days.

Registration Links & Instructions

Non-Northwestern Medicine Registrants:

Registration Coming Soon 

Hotel recommendation the Hyatt Centric is located at 633 N. St. Clair Street,Chicago, IL. Please contact the Hyatt directly at

(888) 591-1234.

Northwestern employees:

To register for the “NM Cardiothoracic Nursing Symposium 2018” within My Learning, you will add yourself to the Learning Plan and enroll in the Instructor Led Session for each day you wish to attend.


Learning Plan

  • Log into My Learning.

  • Click on the “Search All Courses” section in the top navigation bar.

  • Type the title of the symposium and click “Search” to find the learning activity. You will see two learning plans “NM Cardiothoracic Nursing Symposium 2018 Day 1” and “NM Cardiothoracic Nursing Symposium 2018 Day 2”

  • Click on the plus button on the right hand side of the title to add yourself to the Learning Plan(s).



  • Return to your My Learning Home Page

  • Click on the title of the learning plan to open it.

  • You will see two items listed: the instructor-led session AND the evaluation.

  • Click on the title of the session. A new window will open. Click on the enroll button

For Northwestern Medicine Staff:   Registration is now available within My Learning.  Please use the following instructions to register for EACH day you wish to attend.  *Note:  You must register for both the Learning Plan AND the Session to have access to the evaluation and contact hour certificate.


Downloadable Brochure

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