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CardioVascular Transition Programme

The CardioVascular Transition Programme has been developed to assist registered nurses in the CardioVascular Unit (CVU) to develop from beginning practitioners to competent clinicians in the cardiac and vascular catheterisation environment. The programme is divided into two modules, with flexible delivery over approximately six months. It will provide opportunities for registered nurses to consolidate their health assessment and critical thinking skills to enhance patient care in the context of the CardioVascular environment. The participants of this unit will also analyse current and future approaches to the models of the delivery of CardioVascular nursing in the clinical environment. A variety of different tools and teaching strategies will be utilised within this unit to enable registered nurses to develop the necessary skills to deliver high standards of patient-focused clinical care.


On completion of the Cardiovascular Transition Programme, nurses will have had the opportunity to:

  • revise basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
  • critically analyse the evidence surrounding CardioVascular Nursing practice in the context of the CardioVascular environment
  • demonstrate competence in the use of specialised medical devices in the context of the CardioVascular environment
  • demonstrate advanced reflective practice skills related to clinical application of knowledge
  • demonstrate and reflect on personal proficiency in a number of advanced nursing skills, including nursing assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation and variance analysis
  • critically analyse the concepts of communication, negotiation and advocacy in relation to holistic nursing practice, the multi-disciplinary team, the patient and their family unit
  • identifiy the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of commonly used drugs within the CardioVascular setting
  • demonstrate ethically accountable practice that adheres to legal standards with respect to clients, patients and their families.

Both modules are designed in sections to enable you to learn at your own pace and combine the suggested learning activities throughout for the acquisition of this competency. All the answers will not be provided. If it raises more questions for you—sending you in search of more knowledge—it will have achieved its purpose.


There are many resources available to you in addition to the two modules, and we encourage you to access these resources:

  • device information books
  • textbook and journal articles
  • resource people such as
    • nurse unit managers
    • radiographers
    • clinical nurses
    • a nurse educator.

The two modules are directly articulated to achieve credit points with the Central Queensland University’s Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (Cardiac Catheterisation Nursing).