• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    519 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours


  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate


This course sets the foundation and provides a review of the care of patients with hemodynamic instability & the need for monitoring. A focus is made on cardiac physiology as well as hemodynamic concepts via invasive & non-invasive monitoring. A review of the Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC), arterial lines, SvO2 monitoring & non-invasive monitoring will be made with application through case studies.

This introductory Hemodynamic Monitoring course is perfect for nurses working in Critical Care, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, the Emergency Department, Progressive Care & Telemetry. Baseline knowledge of cardiac care is helpful prior to attending this course.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this eLearning, participants should be able to:

Foundational Concepts of Hemodynamics

  • Discuss normal anatomy of the heart

  • Describe the cardiac cycle

  • Describe normal coronary perfusion

  • Discuss basic hemodynamic concepts

Blood Pressure

  • Discuss the determinants of blood pressure

  • Describe how the SNS & RAAS systems assist in compensation

  • Discuss the role of arterial lines in critical care

Pulmonary Artery Catheter

  • Discuss the appropriate patient population to utilize a pulmonary artery catheter

  • Describe the various ports & lumens on the PA Catheter

  • Discuss contraindications

  • Describe set up & insertion of the catheter

  • Analyze & interpret CVP & PAOP waveforms

Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

  • Describe the latest literature on fluid choice

  • Discuss the concepts of preload & fluid responsiveness

  • Describe how to perform the passive leg raise test

  • Discuss the implications of fluid over & under-resuscitation

  • Describe the accuracy of non-invasive hemodynamic technology in determining fluid responsiveness

  • Analyze fluid management using evidence-based research to support critical decision through case examples

Functional Hemodynamics/Arterial Line Technologies

  • Review arterial line technologies

  • Discuss how these devices are incorporated clinically

  • Discuss limitations of arterial line derived hemodynamics

Medications Used for Hemodynamic Support

  • Discuss commonly used vasopressor, positive inotrope & vasodilating medications

  • Describe the mechanism of action, dosage ranges & adverse effects of vasopressors, positive inotropes & vasodilators

Putting It All Together

  • Apply hemodynamic & medication knowledge learned throughout the course using case studies

What Nurses Are Saying About Online Courses

Really enjoyed the online course so I didn't have to request time off/travel. I could go at my own pace without getting burnt out on the topic. Great info! Love all the data you provide to back up your slides.

Love the content and you make it really easy to follow along! Great teacher! Thank you

Excellent course! I feel like I learned so much more than I expected to. Nicole was interesting and broke everything down and made it understandable. I was never bored!

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Hemodynamic Monitoring Boot Camp: Invasive & Non-Invasive Strategies

    • Read First: How To Navigate This Course & Download Study Guide!

  • 2

    Module 1: Course Overview

    • Lesson 1: Overview

  • 3

    Module 2: Foundational Concepts of Hemodynamics

    • Lesson 1: The Basics!

    • Lesson 2: Determinants Cardiac Output

    • Lesson 3: Tissue Oxygenation

    • Lesson 4: Lactate, PCT & Knee Mottling

  • 4

    Module 3: Blood Pressure

    • Lesson 1: Blood Pressure Regulation

    • Lesson 2: Arterial Line Basics

    • Lesson 3: How Do You Trust The Numbers

  • 5

    Module 4: The Pulmonary Artery Catheter

    • Lesson 1: Anatomy of a PA Catheter

    • Lesson 2: Reading the Waveform

    • Lesson 3: Using a Respiratory Waveform

  • 6

    Module 5: Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

    • Lesson 1: Fluid Choice

    • Lesson 2: Getting the Amount of Fluid Right

    • Lesson 3: The Passive Leg Raise Test

    • Lesson 4: Bioreactance Technology

    • Lesson 5: Continuous BP/CO Digit Technology

    • Lesson 6: Capnography

  • 7

    Module 6: Functional Hemodynamics/Arterial Line Technologies

    • Lesson 1: Arterial Line Technologies

  • 8

    Module 7: Medications Used for Hemodynamic Support

    • Lesson 1: Vasopressors

    • Lesson 2: Positive Inotropes

    • Lesson 3: Vasodilators

  • 9

    Module 8: Putting It All Together

    • Lesson 1: Case Study #1

    • Lesson 2: Case Study #2

    • Lesson 3: Case Study #3

    • Lesson 4: Case Study #4

    • Lesson 5: Shock States

  • 10

    Module 9: Wrap Up & Next Steps

    • Thank You!

  • 11

    Hemodynamic Monitoring Boot Camp Quiz

    • Hemodynamic Monintoring Quiz

  • 12

    Hemodynamic Monitoring Boot Camp Evaluation

    • Hemodynamic Monitoring Boot Camp Evaluation



Nicole Kupchik

Nicole Kupchik has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years. Originally from Northwest Indiana, she worked as a traveling nurse and settled in Seattle, WA in 1998. She graduated from Purdue University in 1993 and in 2008 obtained a Master of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington.

After moving to Seattle, Nicole took great interest in Resuscitation while working at Harborview Medical Center. She was part of a team who wrote one of the first protocols in the US for Therapeutic Hypothermia after cardiac arrest and has published numerous papers on the topic. In 2009, she led a team that launched an award-winning Sepsis Alert System.

In 2013, Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. She has taught CCRN® & PCCN® Certification Review courses for over 10 years and has helped thousands of nurses achieve certification! She strongly believes every nurse can and should be board certified in their specialty!

In 2017, Nicole published "Ace the CCRN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book as well as well as "Ace the PCCN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book. In 2018, she published "Ace the CMC®: You Can Do It" Study Guide. Her latest book, "Ace the CSC®: You Can Do It!" Study Guide for the Cardiac Surgery Certification was published in March 2019.


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 9.0 CE Contact Hours.

Refund Policy

Our policy is valid for a period of 30 calendar days from the date of the purchase. If the period of 30 days has lapsed since the purchase, we can't, unfortunately, offer you a refund. In addition, once the course has been accessed, there are no refunds available.

Extension Policy

All single purchase courses will be limited to a maximum of one extension. The one-time extension is valid for 6 months @ 40% of the full cost of the course. Extension requests must be received via email at info@kupchikconsulting.com.

Expiration Time

Access to the course expires 1 year after purchase, regardless of when the course is accessed. Please note, courses are set to expire at 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on the expiry date.

For example, students in Pacific Standard Time (UTC 8 hrs ahead), will find their class expires at 4:00 PM PST. Due to the major time difference, we have set all courses to expire on day 366 so you receive a full year of access plus a few bonus hours.