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The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing's 2015 Impact Factor is now 2.172, up from 2.053.  


Early Career Travel Award: Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults with CVD

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) Geriatric Cardiology Section, in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and National Institute on Aging (NIA), is pleased to sponsor a Research Symposium and Workshop focusing on current knowledge and future research directions related to Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). The conference will be held February 6-7, 2017, at ACC's Heart House in Washington, DC. Immediately following the workshop there will be a half-day session that will discuss mentoring and research opportunities for early career investigators interested in the intersections between geriatrics and cardiology. 

An important objective of this 2-day program is to attract and stimulate early career investigators of all disciplines who are interested in cardiovascular aging research. Accordingly, ACC is offering up to twelve (12) $1,000 Travel Awards to support attendance by qualified trainees and junior investigators. For additional information and to access the online application form, please go to: https://amercollcard.wufoo.com/forms/2017-early-career-travel-award/.


 Cardiovascular Health in the News

 Health Risks in Cath Lab Staff​

 ​World's Smallest Leadless Pacemaker Implanted at the Ohio State University​

 American Heart Association Science News​

 PCNA Smart Brief 3/24/16​

 More Doctors Prescribing Exercise Instead of Medication

 FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Reabsorbable Stent


Current Issue Highlights

Guidelines and Scientific Statements

JCN presents Guidelines and Scientific Statements for the Care and Management of Cardiac Patients:

American Heart Association

 2013 2012 2011 2010  2008-2009   2004-2007   2000-2003   Prior to 2000


New Prevention Guidelines Available November 2013!

Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk


Upcoming Conferences
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016

New Orleans, LA

November 13-15, 2016

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.


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 6/110
Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems 64/123

Impact Factor: 2.172



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Reviewer Recognition


Reviewer Recognition

We would like to express our gratitude to our 2016 manuscript reviewers.  Their dedication to the quality of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing is greatly appreciated. Our reviewers utilize their clinical and research experience to ensure that the highest quality manuscripts are available for our readers. This enables clinicians, researchers and educators to have access to the latest information and impacts the quality of care for individuals with cardiovascular disease. Thank you for your time, commitment, and your attention to detail.


We would like to extend a special thank you to our 2016 reviewers of the year:

Kristen Sethares and Connie Scanga



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.


PCNA Continuing Education

Learning doesn't stop with your nursing degree! We believe that nurses who are lifelong learners deliver better patient care. That’s why PCNA is committed to providing you with the resources you need to provide evidence-based care in the fast-changing world of cardiovascular nursing.

Access on-demand, free, and low cost CEs on the PCNA website.

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

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.


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