Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) - Message from the Chair

Updated:May 4,2015
 Mariann Piano, PhD, RN, FAHA


I have been attending Scientific Sessions for more than 20 years and more than ever the meeting remains innovative, cutting-edge and the ‘go-to’ meeting to learn about new science and strategies for promoting cardiovascular health. The meeting also remains the best place to network and meet with fellow nursing colleagues. This year the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) celebrated a few ‘firsts’. On Saturday at the early Career Event, Dr. Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, DNSc, FAAN  delivered the inaugural CVSN lectureship titled the “Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture in Exemplary Early-Career Mentoring.” This award celebrates and recognizes senior CVSN members who have been generous in mentoring early-career scientists.  Another first was the awarding of the Katherine Lembright award and lecture, to one of our esteemed international colleagues, Professor Tiny Jaarsma, RN, NFESC, FAHA, FAAN. During her Lembright lecture, she reminded us of the importance and accomplishments of international collaboration. Finally, at the annual Tuesday night CVSN dinner, we inducted a record number (18) of Fellows into the American Heart Association.  

Dr. Nancy Artinian and team did a wonderful job of ensuring our science was front and center and threaded throughout the meeting.  Nurse scientists continue to present on topics across the continuum of populations, often focusing on those most vulnerable or understudied. We continue to host the ‘Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium.’ This is an important venue for practicing advanced practice nurses and is organized to present the most up-to-date evidence-based practices and review of current clinical topics.  The symposium is one-stop shopping for the nurse clinicians and educators.

The CVSN Council is in a strong position to make a difference for the AHA and for the public and patients it serves. As spring unfolds we will continue to be engaged in the advocacy issues of promoting greater funding for cardiovascular and stroke research. This January marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General report on smoking. Over the years, CVSN along with the broader AHA community has helped advocate and support this aggressive campaign to protect people from tobacco. Smoking rates have dropped dramatically and smoking is banned in most public places. However, anti-tobacco efforts need to remain strong due to the
proliferation of alternative tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

This is the time of year when we begin planning for committee and liaison appointments for the next year. I frequently am asked: "How do I get involved in CVN?" In addition to joining "You're the Cure," please submit a Volunteer Involvement Form indicating your interest. On behalf of the Leadership Committee, I encourage all of our members to be actively involved in the CVSN.

Finally, we are still seeking contributions to help us reach our goal for the 40 for 40 Campaign — we are halfway there!  I continue to be inspired by your passion, generosity and commitment to improving cardiovascular care and preventing cardiovascular disease through cardiovascular nursing and interdisciplinary activities!

Mariann Piano, PhD RN FAHA FAAN
Chair, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing

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