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Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association News and Resources

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing ():10.1097/JCN.0000000000001003, May 18, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000001003
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Familial Hypercholesterolemia Family Resource

For parents with a genetic condition such as familial hypercholesterolemia—particularly the more severe homozygous version —it can be difficult to explain to your children about the disease, their risks, and how it can be managed.

Helping patients and their family members understand the disease, and the genetic component, is the goal of a new family education sheet developed by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). The 2-sided resource includes sections for patients, plus a tear-off section to help them educate their children about the disease.

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Learn About Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention

Learn about the links between atrial fibrillation and stroke, and strategies for clinical practice that can help improve patient outcomes, with a new complementary online course, START: Stroke Prevention Through AFib Recognition and Treatment.

Experts Kim Newlin, MSN, ANP, FPCNA, and Laura Van Brocklin, DNP, FNP, RN-BC, FPCNA, explore the links between atrial fibrillation and stroke, guideline-recommended treatments for rate and rhythm control, and stroke prevention. Earn 1.0-CE contact hours, including 0.35 pharmacology hours.

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Audio Beach Reads: Heart to Heart Nurses Podcast

Close your eyes and learn something new with PCNA's Heart to Heart Nurses podcast. At the beach, in the hammock, or on the couch, each episode brings cardiovascular subject-matter experts to you with 10 to 20 minutes of engaging information on topics such as diabetes, leadership, stroke prevention, and much more. Some episodes are available for continuing education contact hours. Find episodes through your regular podcast source and at

Recognizing Excellence: The 2023 Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium Award Winners

At the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium each year, PCNA acknowledges the exceptional contributions made by individuals and institutions to the field of cardiovascular nursing and the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. It gives us immense pleasure to honor the extraordinary accomplishments of the following cardiovascular professionals in 2023.

In recognition of outstanding leadership in cardiovascular disease prevention and management and the remarkable support and recognition of nurses, Dr Janet Wright has been inducted as an honorary PCNA fellow. Dr Janet Wright is a passionate advocate for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and a longtime friend of PCNA. She recognizes the critical role that nurses play in supporting patients with cardiovascular disease particularly in the context of preventive strategies. Dr Wright acknowledges that nurses are often the first point of contact for patients in clinical settings, making their role in promoting healthy behaviors and providing education critical to overall outcomes. Overall, Dr Wright's commitment to cardiovascular disease prevention highlights the importance of collaborative interdisciplinary approach to healthcare.

In addition, we have inducted 10 new fellows this year. The title of Fellow of PCNA (FPCNA) represents not only the fellow's professional stature but also his/her notable contributions to our organization. The 2023 class of fellows are the following:

  • Diane Bardell, BSN, RN-BC
  • Jessie Cunanan, RN, RM, MAN, EMTB, CHA, FRSPH, SMRIN
  • Jonathan David, MSN, RN, EBP-C, CCRP, NE-BC, AACC
  • Binu Koirala, PhD, MGS, RN
  • Rhonda Leaverton, RN, BSN, CCRP, CVRN-BC
  • Lynsey Mahlum, ANP-C, CHFN
  • Pamela Martyn-Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
  • Claire Mortimer, BSN, RN, CV-RN
  • Heidi Salisbury, RN, MSN, CNS-BC, ACGN
  • Carissa Vukovich, RN, PHN, CDCES, CPT

The Terry Thomas Clinical Practice Award recognizes and encourages excellence in the clinical practice of cardiovascular prevention. The 2023 winner is Thomas Hinneh, MScIH, BScN, RN, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Thomas is being acknowledged for his persistent pursuit of patient-centeredness, dedication to providing quality care for patients, and efforts to address inequalities in cardiovascular care. His passion for establishing health systems to enhance cardiovascular disease management and prevention, particularly in Ghana, is remarkable.

The Heart Failure Prevention Award acknowledges a nurse who has demonstrated an innovative, successful model of primary or secondary preventive care for patients with heart failure. Dr Anita Rich, DNP, RN, CHFN, CDCES, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Heart Failure Prevention Award for her efforts to develop a nurse-led inpatient heart failure program at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and its associated outpatient clinic. The program has yielded impressive improvements in the use of guideline-directed heart failure medications and reduced the 30-day readmissions rate from 23% to 13%.

The Advocacy Award for CVD Prevention commends a member's leadership in advocacy for cardiovascular disease prevention or the advancement of the nursing profession. We are thrilled to present Dr Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA, FPCNA, FNLA, FAANP, FAAN, with the 2023 Advocacy Award. Dr Lynne Braun is a nurse practitioner and professor emerita in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing. She has demonstrated a career-long commitment to advocacy, serving in many advocacy roles for PCNA and the American Heart Association. There is no doubt that Dr Braun's advocacy work and passion for nursing have had a positive influence on the day-to-day practice of cardiovascular disease prevention and management.

The Institutional Award for Excellence in Promoting Cardiovascular Care recognizes healthcare and academic institutions that promote cardiovascular nursing leadership and practice. The East Jefferson General Hospital has been awarded the 2023 Institutional Award for its long history of cardiovascular nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice throughout the organization. Located in Metairie, Louisiana, East Jefferson General Hospital has been successful in improving cardiovascular outcomes because of several nurse-lead initiatives that include revisions to heart failure patient education, the implementation of a heart failure support group and end-of-life care, and the implementation of a postdischarge class for patients with myocardial infarction.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the 2023 award winners and fellows!

Thank You to Our 2023 Supporters

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association would like to thank our generous supporters, with whom we achieve the following mutual goals:

  • Achieve better patient compliance and improve health outcomes
  • Create newer and better patient care systems
  • Develop expertise in cardiovascular nursing
  • Promote national leadership in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management
  • Improve health and quality of life for those at risk for myocardial infarction and stroke
  • Reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease


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