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American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing

Caldwell, Mary A. PhD, MBA, RN, FAHA

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: March-April 2004 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p 148–152
DEPARTMENTS: Progress in Prevention
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Mary A. Caldwell, PhD, MBA, RN, FAHA, Liaison to the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing from the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

Corresponding author: Mary A. Caldwell, PhD, MBA, RN, FAHA, School of Nursing, Box 0610, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143 (e-mail: mary.caldwell@nursing.ucsf.edu).

The American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (CCVN) and the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (JCN) are proud to announce their new affiliation. As a result of this affiliation, in each issue of JCN you will see Council news, information, and other features in this newly created CCVN column. In addition to this column, you will see the Council's logo on the table of contents in each issue of JCN. As a result of the affiliation between the Council and JCN, members of the Council at all levels of membership will receive a 30% discount on subscriptions to the journal. To receive the discount, call Lippincott Williams Wilkins customer service at 1-800-638-3030 or go to their Web site http://www.lww.com/product/0,1255,0889%252D4655,00.html.

This is the inaugural article from the Council and it is our desire that all readers of JCN, regardless of whether you are members of the Council, will read and benefit from the information included in this column. In our first article, the benefits of membership in the CCVN will be highlighted. One of the best ways to make a strong commitment to cardiovascular nursing as a clinician, researcher, educator, or policy-maker is to develop your professional identity by joining and becoming active in a strong and active specialty professional organization such as the CCVN.

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CCVN Activities

The CCVN is 1 of 13 professional councils within the American Heart Association. The CCVN is dedicated to supporting the American Heart Association mission to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The Council works to identify and articulate areas in which nurses can lead in the accomplishment of the mission of the American Heart Association. Members of the Council work to achieve this goal through their involvement in many activities including research, education, publication, clinical practice, collaboration, leadership, and advocacy. Members of the Council are active at all levels of the American Heart Association and many have held important leadership positions in the Association (Fig 1).

FIGURE 1

FIGURE 1

The goals of the CCVN are as follows:

  • ▪ To conduct research and develop knowledge related to the prevention of and biobehavioral adaptation to heart disease and stroke.
  • ▪ Increase utilization of cardiovascular research findings through dissemination.
  • ▪ To structure liaisons with consumers (patients, those at risk and their families, the media, and policy-makers) to support the American Heart Association mission.
  • ▪ To educate all consumers to calculate their risk assessment for cardiovascular disease and stroke and ensure consumer knowledge of the benefits of lifestyle interventions.
  • ▪ To identify and mentor potential leaders within the Council and across the organization.
  • ▪ To support American Heart Association advocacy efforts in NIH appropriations and other research initiatives.
  • ▪ To impact health policy at local, state, and federal levels.

To accomplish these goals, members of the Council participate as members of the many peer review research committees of the American Heart Association, receive research grants at all levels from traineeships to grants for established investigators, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they learn to conduct important cardiovascular research. Members of the Council disseminate the results of their research in abstracts, presentations, and publications. Each year in November, at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions, the largest cardiovascular scientific meeting in the world, Council members present research, how-to sessions, and cardiovascular seminars to an international, multidisciplinary audience of researchers, clinicians, and basic scientists.

Council members sponsor and participate in a number of other conferences each year including the following upcoming conferences:

Council members have written important scientific statements and guidelines, including the following:

  • ▪ The multilevel compliance challenge: recommendations for a call to action. A statement for healthcare professionals
  • ▪ Recommendations for preparing children and adolescents for invasive cardiac procedures
  • ▪ Team management of patients with heart failure

This is only a partial listing of the many excellent statements and guidelines from the American Heart Association. For a full listing of scientific statements and guidelines, please visit the following American Heart Association Web page, http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=9181. Members of the Council participate in advocacy in many ways, including going to Washington, DC, each April to talk with their elected representatives in Congress and the Senate to gain greater support for cardiovascular and stroke research and initiatives (Fig 2). In coming issues, we will continue to highlight other important activities of CCVN that contribute to improving cardiovascular health.

FIGURE 2

FIGURE 2

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Upcoming Opportunities

Awards

Each year, members of the Council have the opportunity to compete for a number of prestigious awards. The winners of these awards are announced at the CCVN dinner held each year at the Scientific Sessions in November. The names of the winners of the 2003 awards can be seen in Table 1. Think now about applying for one of these awards! Deadlines for applications range from late April to mid-May. Full details of the purpose, criteria, submission requirements, and due dates for each award can be found on the CCVN Web page (www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1148).

TABLE 1

TABLE 1

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Abstract Submissions

Each year, the latest advances in cardiovascular science are presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. The CCVN sponsors several oral and poster sessions in which exceptional basic, clinical, and epidemiological research is presented after being selected from the abstracts submitted. Begin thinking now about submitting an abstract so that you can share the findings from your project in this premier forum for the dissemination of cardiovascular research. Abstracts that are selected are published in Circulation. All submissions are done online, and the due date is in May. See the American Heart Association Web page for specific details and the exact deadline (www.americanheart.org).

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Joining CCVN

As you can see, the CCVN is an energetic and committed group whose accomplishments are exceptional. If you would like to become a member of this exciting group, you can join the Council by visiting their Web site (www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1148), by calling the American Heart Association at 1-800-787-8984, or by writing to them at American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231.

You become a member of the American Heart Association by choosing membership in 1 of the 13 American Heart Association Councils. There are 4 levels of membership, each with different benefits. This 4-tiered program was designed to provide timely and relevant information to members and gives them the ability to choose a level that is most appropriate for their professional needs. At each level you are eligible for the basic benefits (Table 2). Each of the 4 levels is described below:

TABLE 2

TABLE 2

  1. Premium Professional Benefits. Receive the basic benefits plus
    • ▪ affiliate with up to 2 Councils (a primary and a secondary Council) and one Interdisciplinary Working Group (IWG)
    • ▪ choose to affiliate with a third Council for an additional $50/year
    • ▪ eligible to hold positions such as national science officer, board member, committee member, Council officer, journal editor, etc.
    • ▪ mentor young healthcare professionals and beginning investigators
    • ▪ save 25% on print subscriptions to American Heart Association scientific journals (30% on the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
    • ▪ save on registration to American Heart Association scientific meetings
    • ▪ 40% off on Scientific Sessions (advance registration)
    • ▪ significant savings on registration to other American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific meetings
    • ▪ online resources available through My American Heart for Professionals (my.americanheart.org)
      • ▪ 5 online American Heart Association scientific journals
      • ▪ core clinical textbook content
      • ▪ biweekly clinical updates from experts
      • ▪ continually updated Facts & Comparison drug database
  2. General Professional Benefits
    • ▪ receive the basic benefits
    • ▪ affiliate with one Scientific Council
  3. Early Career Benefits (for those who have completed training within the last 5 years, or PhDs/MDs in the 5 years after their first faculty appointment). Receive the basic benefits plus
    • ▪ affiliate with one Scientific Council
    • ▪ receive the Premium Professional benefits with the exception of mentoring opportunities and the 5 online American Heart Association scientific journals (5 online journals may be purchased for an additional $50/year)
    • ▪ eligible to apply for travel scholarships and registration grants to American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association scientific meetings
  4. Student/Trainee Benefits (for those still in training as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral/clinical fellow). Receive the basic benefits plus
    • ▪ affiliate with one Scientific Council
    • ▪ receive the Premium Professional benefits with the exception of mentoring opportunities and the 5 online American Heart Association scientific journals (5 online journals may be purchased for an additional $50/year)
    • eligible to apply for travel scholarships and registration grants to American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association scientific meetings

As you can see from the discussion above, there is no end of opportunities for those who want to become involved and push the progress of cardiovascular nursing to the next levels. Please join us in this effort! In the coming months we will be discussing exactly how American Heart Association CCVN members are making a difference in fighting heart disease and stroke, specific actions on how you as a reader and/or a member can become more involved, as well as special events of the Council and awards earned by its members. We would also welcome your feedback on additional items that would make this a more informative column for you. The American Heart Association CCVN looks forward to a long and productive collaboration with JCN.

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