Editor-in-Chief: Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, CS, FAAN
Debra K. Moser, DNSc, RN, FAAN
ISSN: 0889-4655
Online ISSN: 1550-5049
Frequency: 6 issues / year
Ranking: Nursing 18/103
Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems 73/122
Impact Factor: 1.809
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From the Editors

  News Flash!!!!                 News Flash!!!!                News Flash!!!

We recently received great news and wanted to share with our readers and authors. The 2013 impact factor for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing increased by 23% to 1.809! This places our journal 12th in the nursing journal category. This measure reflects the mean number of citations per article published, and is one indication of the degree to which the science disseminated by the journal impacts the discipline of nursing.       



 The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing annual statistics about decision and publication of submitted manuscripts:

Time to First Decision

Time to Final Decision

Time to Publication

37 days

105 Days

8 weeks


Current Issue Highlights

Upcoming Conferences

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Chicago, IL

November 15-19, 2014

Abstract dates April 16 - June 11, 2014


Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium

Chicago, IL

November 18-19, 2014

in conjunction with Scientific Sessions


Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress

Phoenix, AZ

January 17-21, 2015


International Stroke Conference

Nashville, TN

February 11-13, 2015


National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition

San Diego, CA

May 16 - 21, 2015


PCNA 21st Annual Symposium

Anaheim, CA

April 9-11, 2015

Abstracts September 1 - November 3, 2015


ESC Heart Failure

Seville, Spain

May 23-26, 2015


11th Annual American Association of Heart Failure Nurses conference

New Orleans, LA

June 25-27, 2015

Abstracts open November 2014


European Society of Cardiology

London, UK

August 29-September 2, 2015

Abstracts Mid-December to February 14, 2015


Heart Failure Society of America 19th annual meeting

National Harbor, MD

September 27-30, 2015



American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Orlando, FL

November 7-11, 2015




Research, Educational and Practice Resources

 Research Resources

Official site for the Self Care of Heart Failure Index.

This instrument was developed by Dr. Barbara Riegel over the past 2 decades. This instrument has strong psychometric support and is frequently used to measure self care in studies of patients with heart failure. This site offers a brief history of the instrument, the Self Care of Heart Failure Model upon which the instrument is based, the instrument, foreign language versions, directions for use and for scoring and information about adaptations of the instrument in development to measure self care in other patient populations. As this instrument is in the public domain, it may be accessed through this site and used without specific permission from Dr. Riegel, the developer of this instrument.


Educational and Practice Resources


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced NEW safety label changes for the cholesterol-lowering medication simvastatin. It was found that the highest approved dose--80 milligram (mg)--has been associated with an elevated risk of muscle injury or myopathy, particularly during the first 12 months of use.

 The agency is recommending that simvastatin 80 mg be used only in patients who have been taking this dose for 12 months or more and have not experienced any muscle toxicity. It should not be prescribed to new patients. There are also new contraindications and dose limitations for when simvastatin is taken with certain other medications.

 Read about the appropriate ways to prescribe simvastatin to your new and existing patients.  


New CE opportunities

Free CE for Nurses who manage patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

PAH Nursing Virtual Clinic

At the end of this Continuing Education activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify patients at risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • List the symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Describe the therapeutic regimens for the management of pulmonary arterial hypertension and their associated toxicities
  • Develop strategies for self-care and medication adherence in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

ST-Segment and QTc Monitoring: Implementing Evidenced-Based Practice

Hemorrhagic Stroke: Aggressive Management and Optimal Outcomes


PCNA Launches New Online CE Course - "Caring for a Woman's Heart" Join JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, FAHA, Director, Cardiovascular Wellness Program, Bringham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, and Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP, FAANP, FPCNA, FAAN, Stanford Prevention Reserach Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, for this informative and though-provoking presentation on women and cardiovascular health. 

Other Available PCNA CE offerings

  • Mindset:  A New Strategy for Health Behavior Change
  • Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Maximizing Quality of Life
  • Children's Dietary Recommendations
  • Translating Epidemiology into Sound Public Health Advice 
  • Taking Women's Health to Heart:  An Update on Women and Cardiometabolic Syndrome
  • Move It! Update From the Activity Side of the Energy Balance Equation -Plus Strategies to Get Your Clients off the Couch
  • Exercise is Medicine:  Understanding the Evidence

PCNA Launches  Online CE Offering: Stable Ischemic Heart Disease

This course will feature the COURAGE and BARI 2D trial results, with a special emphasis on nurse case management for delivering optimal medical care. It will also include a brief review of the different drug classes for management of angina. The COURAGE and BARI 2D trials in patients with chronic ischemic heart disease both reported that an initial strategy of routinely adding percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to optimal medical therapy in the absence of significant left main coronary disease did not increase survival rates or prevent myocardial infarction. The BARI 2D trial in patients with Type 2 diabetes included coronary bypass surgery (CABG), as well as PCI, as an initial revascularization strategy. The BARI 2D trial reported that a strategy of prompt CABG and optimal medical care was superior to inital optimal medical care alone in preventing subsequent myocardial infarction.

1 CE Credit (includes 1 contact hour of pharmacology). This online educational activity offered free of charge.


Exercise Toolkit Provides a Guide for Peripheral Arterial Disease Professionals

The Vascular Disease Foundation Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Exercise Training Toolkit: A Guide for Health Care Professionals.” was developed jointly by the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This toolkit may be useful in the management of patients with PAD.  




Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
is the o
fficial journal of the

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing is affiliated with

The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association


Heart Insight, an American Heart Association consumer magazine, focuses exclusively on managing and preventing cardiovascular disease and related conditions.  The magazine offers patients, their families and caregivers hope, inspiration, and encouragement by featuring articles about, and by, people who have first-hand experience dealing with cardiovascular conditions, either as patients or as caregivers.  Read the magazine online - free of charge as always – including heart healthy recipes!  Please share with your patients!

2013 Reviewer Recognition

We would like to acknowledge our sincere appreciation for the dedication and excellence of our manuscript reviewers for the 2010 year! These professionals provided an invaluable service to the journal and the profession by using their clinical and research expertise to ensure the high quality of our published manuscripts. Their efforts truly contribute to our ability to disseminate progressive information intended to improve the care and outcomes of those with cardiovascular disease.

 Reviewers for 2013


Reviewer Resources

Hoppin, FG. (2002). How I review an original scientific article. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 166, 1019-1023.

DeMaria, A.N. (2003). What constitutes a great review? Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 42(7), 1314-1315.

Moser, D.K., & Riegel, B. (2010). Elements of a great review.


Publication Writing Seminar

Debra K. Moser, DNSc, RN, FAAN

An invitation from the Editor-in-Chief:

Interested in writing for publication?
Attend the PCNA/JCN webinar
"Writing Strong Abstracts for Professional Conferences."


PCNA is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. This is accomplished through the integration of public and professional education and advocacy.

Mission and goals


Awards and Scholarships


Clinical Tools

Connect with us. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/HeartNurses or follow us on Twitter at @heartnurses to engage with other members, share ideas and information, and receive instant updates on important PCNA news.


PCNA is excited to introduce new membership options for current and new members.  Customize your membership to experience PCNA your way by renewing or joining with one of the following membership options:


Professional Membership

The ideal membership for nurses, advanced practice nurses and other health care professionals working in clinic, hospital, university or community settings.


International Membership

Nurses and other health care providers residing outside of the United States and Canada can take advantage of PCNA membership at a discounted rate.


Military Membership

As a thank you to all current and former military service members, PCNA is happy to provide a Military Membership rate. Military Membership benefits include all professional level member benefits but at a discounted price.


Retiree Membership

Retired nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged to stay involved with PCNA by becoming a Retired PCNA member. This membership level includes all of the same benefits as the professional membership but at a discounted price.


Student Membership

Students enrolled in nursing (baccalaureate or masters) or doctorate programs taking at least 12 credits are eligible to join PCNA at the discounted student rate.


Join or renew your membership today using one of these unique new options.  Visit http://pcna.net/member-center/membership-options for more details and pricing.


The PCNA 21st Annual Symposium will be held in Anaheim in April 2015. Abstract submission is September 1 - November 3, 2015.


News from the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College

The Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College has been created to to support the vital role of any nurse within Australia, New Zealand and the wider region of Asia who has a major interest or role in caring for patients with cardiovasular disease. The ACNC strives to ensure that nurses will be equipped to effectively manage cardiovascular disease. And that nurses  will be represented in the determination of health care policy and funding discussions at all levels.

College Goals



The ACNC conference next year will be held on the 13th to 14th of March 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Coogee in Sydney,  Australia.

The annual ACNC conference will be held in Sydney Australia March 13-14, 2015.

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cardionurses or follow us on Twitter: ACNC conference@acncconference


The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association

The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing is one of the 16 councils of the American Heart Association.The mission of the CVN Council is to foster research, translation and application of knowledge for excellence in practice, and education about cardiovascular disease and stroke for consumers and healthcare professionals by contributing nursing expertise to AHA's global efforts to promote ideal cardiovascular health, heart healthy lifestyles, and quality of life

Cardiovascular Nursing Council: Activities and Membership Benefits

CVN Council brochure

Funding opportunities from American Heart Association

CVN Council newsletter: Connections