I am honored to serve as Chair of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN). I would like to recognize Drs. Mariann Piano and Lynne Braun, not only for their leadership, but for the mentorship that they have provided to me over the past two years. Thank you also to all committee members finishing their terms and welcome to all those who are starting on a committee. I look forward to working with all of you!
Every two years each council submits a Biennial Report to the Council Operations Committee (COC). CVSN presented our report at the COC meeting on Jan. 13, 2015 and COC was very favorably impressed by the summary of CVSN activities, notably promotion of Early Career involvement at all levels, the high number of travel grants awarded, the FAHA recruitment and mentoring, and the number of scientific statements published. Importantly, they suggested that the impressive rise in international membership (121% since the previous year, now up to 162 members) and the State of the Science on the Stroke Nursing Symposium be shared with other councils as Best Practices. There were also several recommendations for CVSN:
- Rather than having liaisons only submit reports, consider inviting the liaisons to attend and take a more active role in the Council Leadership Meetings.
- Consider adding international travel grants.
- Raise the level of participation in You’re the Cure.
- Engage in outreach to other diverse groups such as Hispanic nurses, Filipino nurses, male nurses, etc. Work with AHA marketing representative to target diverse groups for outreach.
- Encourage the council to spend reserve funds. Look at allocating those funds for Lobby Day or additional travel grants.
- Tap into the liaisons to get recommendations for under-represented minorities for committee positions. The councils needs to work toward raising the diversity of their membership.
Council leadership has been working on these recommendations. Liaisons will be invited to participate in our semi-annual Leadership Committee Meetings. The International Committee has been exploring ways to further increase our international membership, including an international member survey and reaching out to other international nursing organizations. Increasing travel grants in several areas is on our agenda and the Leadership Committee has also been discussing how to best spend our reserve funds. Diversity remains an important goal for CVSN. We have formed a Diversity Task Force and among their initiatives they will be inviting local nurses to the Council dinner at Scientific Sessions in Orlando and Dr. Piano, co-chair of the Task Force, will be attending the Chi Eta Phi Sorority meeting this July.
The mission of the CVSN is to accelerate the discovery, translation and application of knowledge to promote and improve overall cardiovascular health. Our efforts focus on contributing nursing’s biopsychosocial expertise to AHA’s global agenda to promote ideal cardiovascular health, quality of life, and heart healthy lifestyles and environments. Towards that goal, another Task Force has been formed to develop a DNP Toolkit. This will include information available from AHA that can be used by DNP candidates for their projects. In addition, for your own information, here are some links to “Mortality in the United States, 2013,” and data trends shared by Ms. Mugavero, our CDC liaison, at our recent Leadership meeting.
The CVSN Council is in a strong position to make a difference for the AHA and for the public and patients it serves, but we need your involvement! On behalf of the Leadership Committee, I encourage all of our members to be actively involved in the CVSN. Please submit a Volunteer Involvement Form indicating your interest in serving and feel free to communicate directly with me, Deborah Chyun, via email.
I hope to see you at Sessions in Orlando this November!
Deborah Chyun, PhD RN FAHA FAAN
Chair, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing