Paper to Serve as Guidance for promoting Nursing in CVD

April 18, 2018

Nursing has a tremendous opportunity to help meet the established World Health Organization’s global strategy to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) by 25% by 2025.  However, many nurses come from countries that do not recognize strong nursing leadership or from an institution that doesn’t fully appreciate the value nurse leaders…

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New Global Report Finds Majority of People at High Risk of Stroke not being Screened for Common Risk Factors

October 4, 2017

New research released by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of The Economist, revealed that on average, more than 75 percent of people aged 65 and older worldwide are not being screened for common stroke risk factors during routine primary care examinations, even though this population is at high risk for stroke. The EIU “Preventing Stroke: Uneven…

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Pharmacology Course 2017: The Co-Morbid CVD Patient

August 16, 2017

Clinical management of chronic cardiovascular disease is a key component of the work of advanced practice nurses and RNs in the cardiology and primary care settings. PCNA has developed an annual pharmacology CE program to meet the clinical practice and re-certification needs of these clinicians.  This year, course director Cindy Lamendola, MSN, NP, and faculty…

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GCNLF Flyer in Spanish and Chinese

May 4, 2017

We have created an informational flyer to increase awareness of GCNLF and help recruit nurse leaders and professional organizations. Feel free to download the two-sided flyer for your use in GCNLF outreach. English Flyer (PDF)Spanish Flyer (PDF)Chinese Flyer (Word)

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Nurse Leaders gather in Barcelona to tackle Global Cardiovascular Disease

October 27, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Nurse leaders from around the globe gathered in Barcelona today to tackle the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease. The Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum (GCNLF), whose mission is to mobilize an international community of nurse leaders, met to examine ways that nursing and global nursing organizations can contribute the World Heart Federation’s…

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Historic Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health

July 5, 2016

“We know the cases of heart attacks and strokes and how to prevent them, now we need action.” Dozens of leading organizations came together to sign the Mexico Declaration on Improving Circulatory Health for All People. The Declaration is the first global declaration on heart health and represents a major commitment by these organizations to…

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Barbara Fletcher visits China to spread the word about GCNLF

May 5, 2016

Earlier this Spring, PCNA Board Member Barbara Fletcher visited China to talk with nurse leaders about PCNA’s Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum.  She visited nurses at five different hospitals, where she fielded questions about research, women and cardiovascular disease, and developing a cardiac rehabilitation program. Fletcher was also able to collect patient education examples to share in…

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Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum Launches Comprehensive Online Resource

February 6, 2016

The Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum (GCNLF), an initiative of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), today announced the launch of a new global patient education resource and information clearinghouse to facilitate the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke around the world. The new website, at, includes general information about GCNLF, a patient…

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GCNLF at World Congress of Cardiology July 2016

December 15, 2015

As GCNLF begins to expand its global presence and work to engage and mobilize an international community of nursing leaders, representatives will be connecting with colleagues and presenting at the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health in Mexico City June 4-7. On Sunday, June 5, GCNLF leaders Kathy Berra and Laura Hayman will present…

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GCNLF Leaders Publish Editorial in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

September 9, 2015

Nurses are the largest health care discipline in the world managing cardiovascular disease (CVD), and our involvement in CVD and stroke prevention has resulted in improved outcomes for our patients. GCNLF leaders Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN; Kathy Berra, MSN, NP-BC; Barbara J. Fletcher, RN, MN and Nancy Houston Miller, RN, BSN recently took this…

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