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doi: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e3182a38099

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

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Apply for the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Annual Awards by November 1

Award nominations are an exciting time at Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). It is a time where we can recognize our members as leaders and significant contributors to cardiovascular disease prevention. Each year, PCNA offers multiple awards, as well as grants and scholarships. These awards honor leadership in the development of healthy lifestyle programs, excellence in cardiovascular clinical practice, excellence in leadership within PCNA, and volunteer service to PCNA. If you, or another PCNA member, deserve to be honored with 1 of these awards, review the eligibility criteria and apply online at

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Healthy Living Leadership Award

The Coca-Cola Company and PCNA will partner to award up to $4000 plus free travel to a future PCNA Annual Symposium to an individual for the creation, implementation, and/or evaluation of a new or existing healthy lifestyle program. This award aims to provide nurses with incentive, recognition, and resources to create, implement, and evaluate healthy lifestyle programs for patients in clinic settings, in workplaces, communities, or schools.

Past submission topics include programs on diabetes education, weight loss at work, women & hypertension and children & exercise.

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Terry Thomas Clinical Practice Award

This award recognizes and encourages excellence in clinical practice of cardiovascular prevention by nurses. The candidate must demonstrate delivery of outstanding patient care at any point throughout the lifespan by contributing above and beyond basic job requirements in 1 or more areas, such as:

* Cardiac rehabilitation

* Cardiovascular risk factor management

* Case management

* Patient and family counseling

* Patient and family education

The winner is recognized at the opening of the PCNA Annual Symposium with a plaque and $1000. The winner also receives complimentary registration, paid air/auto travel expenses, and a 3-night hotel stay to attend the symposium.

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2014 Annual Symposium Scholarship

Each year, PCNA allocates a portion of its resources to support scholarships for members to attend the Annual Symposium. Selection for this scholarship will be based on academic and career achievement as well as financial need. This scholarship will cover full conference registration fees and materials.

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Childhood Obesity

In June 2013, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report on effective childhood obesity prevention programs entitled Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-Analysis. According to this report, more than 30% of children and adolescents are either obese or overweight in the United States. Of this group, 17% are considered obese ( Obese and overweight children and adolescents are at risk of developing psychosocial problems as well as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, and diabetes, all of which are cardiovascular risk factors. In addition, non–alcoholic fatty liver and certain cancers have been attributed to obesity in children and adolescents.

In this report, more than 34 545 citations describing interventional studies were reviewed. The studies included interventions to prevent children from becoming overweight and obese. The interventions consisted of diet or physical activity or both. The interventions took place in several different environments. School interventions included homework and information on fliers that were taken home. The children’s homes were another site. The intervention in the home focused on foods and family fitness. Primary care clinics or another medical facility was the third environment, and the intervention consisted of health informatics such as Web-based programs, telephone calls, video programs, or games. The fourth environment was childcare settings. Neither a parent nor a custodian was involved in this setting. It was generally outside the child’s home. The community setting included interventions by policies or legislation. The community consisted of groups such as YMCA or church groups. There were also combinations of these settings.

The findings showed that the most effective benefits were found in the following interventions and environments. One was physical activity in a school environment and the family component. Another beneficial program was diet and physical activity in a school and in the child’s home and community setting. Further studies were recommended. To view this report in its entirety, visit the Web site and search for childhood obesity.

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association 4th Annual Free Fall Lecture Series

To bring more education to more nurses and healthcare providers across the United States, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) will be hosting 3 separate programs in 26 different cities this fall.

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2013 PCNA Fall Lecture Series: Clinical Update 1

* September 14, 2013, in Denver, Colorado

* September 21, 2013, in Rochester, New York

* September 28, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana

* October 5, 2013, in New York City

* October 12, 2013, in Charlottesville, Virginia

* October 19, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio

* October 26, 2013, in Duluth, Minnesota

* October 26, 2013, in Jacksonville, Florida

* November 9, 2013, in Asheville, North Carolina

* November 9, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio

Topics for Clinical Update I include:

* Secondary Prevention of CVD: Best Practices Based on Evidence

* Safe and Effective Dyslipidemia Management in Patients with Diabetes (DM) and Chronic Kidney Disease

* Lost in Transition: Keeping Heart Failure Patients from Falling Through the Cracks

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2013 PCNA Fall Lecture Series: Clinical Update II

* September 14, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois

* October 5, 2013, in Detroit, Michigan

* October 12, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia

* October 19, 2013, in Spartanburg/Greenville, South Carolina

* November 2, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland

* November 9, 2013, in San Francisco, California

Topics for Clinical Update II include:

* Contemporary Identification and Management of Familial Hypercholesterolemia

* Heart Healthy Lifestyle Counseling: A Focus on the Female Patient

* Decreasing Stroke Risk in the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation: Current Options

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Management of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD)

* September 28, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas

* September 28, 2013, in Tampa, Florida

* October 5, 2013, in Radnor, Pennsylvania

* October 12, 2013, in Sacramento, California

* October 19, 2013, in Seattle, Washington

* October 26, 2013, in Morristown, New Jersey

* October 26, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona

* November 2, 2013, in Long Island, New York

Topics for the SIHD Series include:

* Management Considerations for Patients with SIHD

* Women and SIHD

* Clinical Perspectives in SIHD: A Case-Based Approach

Members of PCNA and healthcare providers in these areas are invited to attend these free, live, half-day sessions to earn continuing education. Do not miss this chance to connect with other PCNA members and healthcare providers in your area, earn free contact hours of continuing education, and learn about new advances in cardiovascular disease.

To register, please visit

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Take the Road to a Healthy Heart: World Heart Day, September 29, 2013

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) proudly collaborates with international colleagues and is a member of the World Heart Federation, an organization dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD). World Heart Day was created in 2000 to highlight the risk of heart disease and stroke. This year’s theme, Take the Road to a Healthy Heart, relays the importance of a life-course approach to the prevention and control of CVD with a special focus on women and children. Knowing that healthy children are likely to become healthy adults, who may then lead healthy families and communities, the road to success begins early in life (

Challenges remain, as a third of all deaths in women worldwide are attributed to CVD (8.6 million annually), and response initiatives such as Go Red for Women have become an international campaign. Children and adolescents in low-and middle-income countries have a disproportionate share of congenital and acquired heart disease while sharing the worldwide burden of rising rates of obesity and sedentary behavior (

To commemorate World Heart Day in 2013, PCNA profiled international colleagues in cardiovascular nursing with video segments that relayed their respective visions and efforts for prevention. Included was Australian nursing professor and researcher Dr Patricia Davidson, RN, BA, MED, PhD. Davidson, inducted as a Fellow in PCNA in 2013, relays that “a primary objective of her work has been to improve cardiovascular health of women and underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives within Australia and beyond” (

A prolific author and articulate speaker, Davidson serves as a role model for nurses striving to make a difference to improve cardiovascular health of persons around the globe. Campaign materials for World Heart Day 2013 are available to address CVD prevention in your community and advocate for policy change.

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2014 Annual Symposium

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) invites healthcare professionals to submit an abstract for poster presentation at the PCNA 2014 Annual Symposium, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 10 to 12, 2014. The purpose of the poster session is to present original data-based research findings and share new and innovative ideas for successful approaches to cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. There are 2 categories for submission: data-based research and innovation in patient care. PCNA is proud to provide this forum for members and colleagues to share their ideas and best practices.

Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster and be available for discussion during the open poster session if the abstract is accepted. Poster presentations will take place on Thursday, April 10, during a special reception at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. Two outstanding written abstracts will also be selected from the submissions for oral presentations. Winners will be asked to deliver a 10-minute oral presentation to more than 500 participants during general symposium sessions. A $250 award will be given to the most innovative and significant abstract/poster presentation in each of the 2 categories.

All presenters and winners will be recognized during the PCNA General Sessions on Friday, April 11, 2014. All accepted abstracts will also be published in the conference syllabus, on the PCNA Web site, and in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (print or online).

Individuals may submit their abstract online at The deadline for submission is November 1, 2013.

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Welcomes 2 New Chapters

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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is very excited to welcome 2 new chapters to the organization: Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Fort Worth, Texas.

The Fort Worth Chapter, also known as the Cat City Chapter, was started by Linda Martin, DNP, RN, CFNP, assistant professor of professional practice at Texas Christian University. The Cat City Chapter started through grassroots efforts, in combination with the PCNA National Office, with the understanding that area nurses need to work together to sustain the mission of serving their community through prevention. This chapter will serve the Northern Texas Region, primarily the greater Fort Worth area.

The Cedar Valley Iowa chapter was started by Lisa Moeller, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, of the Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center. This chapter covers the Cedar Valley and Eastern Iowa area and includes Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City. “My goal is to provide cardiac education and opportunities for the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities. We will strive to promote preventive medicine and awareness of cardiovascular disease within Iowa. I look forward to the growth of this chapter and all the opportunities for our community!” said Lisa Moeller, Cedar Valley Chapter Leader.

Both the Cat City and Cedar Valley chapters are looking forward to providing local educational and networking opportunities to nurses and healthcare professionals in their areas.

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Chapters are a great resource for local nurses to network with other healthcare professionals in their area. With 22 chapters around the United States and 1 in Canada, PCNA is able to bring local educational programs to many different areas.

For more information on PCNA Chapters, please visit If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, please contact Megan Halverson, PCNA Membership Coordinator, at

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Introducing the New Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Portal

We are committed to providing our members and healthcare professionals who use Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) continuing education opportunities with the latest tools to track PCNA information and activities. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of the new PCNA Portal—your 1-stop-shop for managing your PCNA account.

The PCNA Portal features include the following:

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* My Account: Track your payments and order history.

* My Profile: Keep your contact information up to date, change your password, and more.

* My Membership: Track your membership history and status, expiration date, and chapter memberships; search the membership directory; and renew your membership.

* Event Registrations: See what events you are registered for or browse and register for new events.

* My CE: Your 1-stop-shop for tracking your PCNA CE credit history, completing evaluations, and printing your CE certificates.

* Award Submissions: Apply for PCNA awards and view your previous award submissions.

* My Committees: View what committees you are on, view committee reports, and browse other committees.

* Discussions: Participate in PCNA member discussions or “listserves”; start your own or join in on existing discussions!

Start using your new PCNA Portal today! To access your Portal, log in to your account at the top of the PCNA homepage.

Questions? Contact your membership coordinator, Megan Halverson, at

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