Course Name:  ENABLE-LVAD

 Release Date:  April 30, 2021

 Expiration Date:  June 30, 2024

 Estimated time to complete the activity: 4.5 hours

 Contact for questions: or 303-724-9022

 Target audience:  LVAD Coordinators, Nurses, Social Workers, Advance Practice Providers, and Physicians who work with patients with LVADs and their caregivers.

 Program Overview:  ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise Before Life Ends) is an evidence-based early palliative care program. In this self-paced course, you will learn how to provide ENABLE to caregivers of patient with left ventricular assist device (LVADs).

This course consists of an introduction and 4 modules (approximately 4 hours) following the Charting Your Course (CYC) booklet. Modules will consist of videos, readings, learning activities, and other resources. Modules will: 1) provide background information, 2) give content for you to then share with caregivers, 3) share tips and best practices for communicating with caregivers, and (4) allow you to practice skills.

 Course Objectives:


  1. Describe the ENABLE intervention.
  2. Discuss why caregivers are an important component of care for patients with LVADs.

Module 1: How to Handle Problems

  1. Describe COPE attitude components.
  2. Describe 7-steps to problem-solving technique.

Module 2: Taking Care of You

  1. Describe the effects of self-care.
  2. Review resources for caregivers of patients with heart failure.

Module 3: Being a Partner in Symptom Management

  1. Describe common symptoms of patients with heart failure.
  2. Identify support resources for caregivers of patients with an LVAD.

Module 4: Talking about What Matters Most & Making Choices

  1. Explain the role of core values in health care decision making.
  2. Describe the use of decision aids in clinical practice.
  3. Identify the role of the caregiver in advance care planning and surrogate decision making.

Planning Committee

Colleen McIllvennan, PhD, DNP, ANP, Course Director

Daniel Matlock, MD, MPH

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNO

J. Nick Nionne-Odom, PhD, RN

Larry Allen, MD, MHS

Jocelyn Thompson, MA

Monica Fitzgerald, BA

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The following faculty/contributors have reported commercial affiliation associate with this conference as follows:

  • Larry Allen, MD, MHS, has received a grant from AHA, and is a Consultant for Abbott, ACI Clinical, Amgen, Boston Scientific, Cytokinetics, and Novartis
  • All other faculty/contributors have reported no commercial affiliation associated with this conference and no intentions to discuss unapproved uses for drug products and/or devices.

 To earn credit participants must:

  1. Register for the course
  2. Complete all required modules for the course
  3. Complete the evaluation link to claim credit

Schedule of credit reporting and dissemination:

Completion of Learning Assessment by Participant CME Certificates sent to Attendee
April 30, 2021 – July 31, 2021 August 15, 2021
August 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021 November 15, 2021
November 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021 February 14, 2022
February 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022 May 16, 2022
May 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022 August 12, 2022
August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022 November 11, 2022

February 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023

August 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023

November 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024

February 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

August 15, 2023

November 15, 2023

February 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

Accreditation and Designation Statements:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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