Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

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September/October 2023 - Volume 38 - Issue 5

  • 0889-4655
  • 1550-5049
    Debra K. Moser, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
    Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
  • 6 issues / year
  • 2
    5-year Impact Factor: 2.5

​JCN Call for Papers!​​​​​​​​​​

Maternal-Child Cardiovascular Health (target May/June 2023 )

The issue will be edited by Dr. James Muchira from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

We invite you to submit your data-based articles, systematic reviews or meta-analyses to this issue. We will consider research designs of all types. We encourage submission of reports of randomized controlled trials and systematic review of trials that advance the evidence base for promoting maternal-child cardiovascular health. Feel free to email one of the guest editors with any questions.

Please submit manuscripts through our online system, and select Article Type ‘Maternal-Child Cardiovascular Health.'​ The deadline for submissions for the issue is April 1st, 2023.

Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Health with a Focus on Minoritized Populations.

The issue will be guest edited by Dr. Billy Caceres from Columbia University School of Nursing.

We invite you to submit your data-based articles, systematic reviews or meta-analyses. We will consider research designs of all types that focus on social determinants of cardiovascular health with a focus on minoritized populations. We encourage submission of reports of randomized controlled trials and systematic review of trials.

Please submit through our online submission system as Article Type ‘Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Health with a Focus on Minoritized Populations.' The deadline is February 1, 2023. Feel free to email the guest editor with any questions.

Inaugural Special Issue for the Heart Failure Feature
Advances in the Science of Heart Failure Self-Care
Guest Editor: Barbara Riegel, RN, PhD, FAHA, FAAN

The Editors of The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing plan to feature a heart failure section comprised of multiple articles about heart failure in each issue of the journal. We also plan several special issues on important heart failure topics. Our purpose with the inaugural special issue, Advances in the Science of Heart Failure Self-Care, is to present research that advances our understanding of heart failure self-care through research and theory. Dr. Barbara Riegel, the most prominent scientist working today in the field of heart failure self-care will guest edit this special issue.

Much of the existing research in the self-care field is descriptive; we know that the self-care of heart failure is poor. For this issue, we will feature articles that address important questions about heart failure self-care and answer those questions with rigorous research approaches. Studies focused on different elements of self-care and those using a variety of research methods are welcomed. Manuscripts will be judged on their innovation, relevance to theory and patient care, and research methods. Examples of studies considered important are randomized controlled trials of self-care interventions and studies testing the mechanism by which an intervention improves self-care. Mixed methods studies may provide particularly relevant insights into mechanisms. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are also encouraged. The issue will be published online immediately after acceptance and featured in the January-February 2024 print issue. To meet this goal, papers should be submitted online for review by June 15, 2023 to allow for peer review and time for revision before being accepted by September 15, 2023.

Current Issue Highlights

Progress in Prevention

Heart Failure


Acute Coronary Syndrome

Innovative Interventions


​​Prior to submitting, we recommend that you run your manuscript through the Paperpal Preflight service, which instantly checks your manuscript and helps you address the most common errors and omissions.​​

​​​Top Reviewers of 2022​​​​

​Congratulations to JCN's Top Three Reviewers of 20​22! Thank you for all of your hard work and support for the journals' mission to disseminate cardiovascular research!
  • Harleah G. Buck
  • Lucinda J. Graven
  • Ecole Vellone  
  • Sami Al-Rawashdeh 
  • Nancy Albert

​​​Research,​​​ Educational and Practice Resources​

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.​​