Cardiovascular Nursing

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA)

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association is pleased to offer complimentary online continuing educational programs:

  • Initial Evaluation and Ongoing Assessment of the Patient with Chronic Heart Failure: Focus on the Outpatient Setting
    After taking this course participants will know the risk factors for heart failure, be able to conduct a physical patient assessment, and describe the invasive and noninvasive diagnostic tools used in assessing patients with hear failure.
    PCNA will provide 2 contact hours of CE for those who participate in this program.
  • Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Walnuts
    This course outlines the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in general, walnuts in particular, and discusses recommendations for relaying this information to patients.
    PCNA will provide 1 contact hour of CE for those who participate in this program.
  • Heart Talk: Nourishing Healthy Hearts
    Heart Talk: Nourishing Healthy Hearts in a FREE online program that provides nurses and nurse practitioners with a solid knowledge base in the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease so that they may be able to apply these principles in the support of heart healthy lifestyle changes in their patients.

    This course is intended to provide nurses and nurse practitioners with the ability to:
    • Function with other health care team members in care of nutrition
    • Utilize terminology to optimize third party reimbursement when patients are referred to the registered dietitian for medical nutrition therapy
    • Utilize Web-based resources for addressing cardiovascular nutrition issues

    3.6 contact hours of continuing education will be awarded for successful completion of this course. Visit for more information.

To learn more about these programs and other free PCNA courses such as Women’s Health, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes please visit

PCNA’s What’s Missing in CholesterALL?
According to a Harris survey, women are surprisingly unaware of the components of their cholesterol profiles. The survey of 2700 women, about one quarter of who have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, revealed that 90 percent of women had had their cholesterol levels measured, most of them in the past year. However, eighty-one percent of respondents could not name their HDL or LDL levels; and 84 percent could not name their triglycerides. Visit to read more.

The survey provided the impetus for the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association’s (PCNA) "What’s Missing in CholesterALL?" campaign, designed to take the awareness-raising initiatives around women and heart disease to the next level. "What’s Missing in CholesterALL?" invites women to become detectives in investigating all the potential clues to a healthy cholesterol profile. Using police-blotter language and playful graphics, PCNA’s brochures, Web site and toll-free number makes it fun and interesting for women to search out the culprits of heart disease.

To receive a free brochure, call 877-HDL-GOAL (877-435-4625) or visit Consumers can also visit to participate an interactive learning Web site.

National Guidelines and Tools for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: A Pocket Guide
National Guidelines and Tools for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: A Pocket Guide provides a comprehensive list of national guidelines and tools relevant to CVD prevention. The publication was initiated by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), the leading national organization promoting the professional development of health care practitioners with interests in preventing cardiovascular disease. We hope you have found the Pocket Guide valuable in your everyday practice. If you would like to order additional copies for your clinic or other healthcare providers please call: 1-800-345-6425. Please reference book # 0000341010. The cost is $25 and includes an opportunity to complete the online post test and receive 4 CE’s.

Annual National Meeting
The 2008 PCNA Annual Symposium, taking place April 24-26, will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla., and will attract over 700 cardiovascular specialists from across the US and Canada. This educational program will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Lifetime Risk of CVD
  • Quality Core Measures
  • Pathophysiology
  • Complex Cases
  • Diabetes Management
  • Polypharmacy
  • Guidelines for Supplements
  • Dyslipidemia
  • ACS & MI
  • Heart Failure
  • Health Disparities
  • Models of Care
  • Prevention in the Elderly
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Exercise Rx
  • Nutrition
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Non-Invasive Testing
  • Renal Disease
  • Smoking Cessation