About Darlene


Darlene A. Petersen, RN, BS, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, ACNP-BC

Twenty plus years of bedside practice, clinical leadership, and performing in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist within a full spectrum cardiac service line encompassing critical care, interventional cardiology, and a cardiac surgery program, provided the multifaceted experience, inspiration and in-sight into what care providers need to successfully perform at the highest level possible. Sought after as a national speaker in a variety of forums, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurse’s (AACN) National Teaching Institute; publishing articles in peer reviewed journals, such as Critical Care Nurse and Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing ; serving as a consultant to AACN in a variety of roles, most notably collaborating on the AACNs ECCO educational program with an emphasis on pacemakers and interventional cardiology; along with the creation of a wide spectrum of bedside teaching tools sold through her own company, The Learning Curve and www.ekgtools.com, proves her expertise in the realm of cardiac and critical care. The creator of the original bedside MI recognition tool, the MI Window, demonstrates her ability to simplify complex topics that are essential to health care students and providers at all levels. Focusing on creative ways to share clinically relevant information, she has proven her ability to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Targeting today’s technology, the first of these resources is now available as a phone app putting this information in the palm of your hand!