About PCNA

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. The current state of health care demands that nurses and advanced practice nurses play a leading role in identifying and implementing cardiovascular risk reduction strategies. PCNA is committed to the continued education and support of nurses so they may successfully rise to this challenge. We do this by educating and supporting nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy.

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional membership organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with over 20 active chapters across the United States and Canada.

PCNA Members

All around the world, nurses are catalysts for heart disease prevention. Every patient education piece, community presentation or screening, professional nursing education program, research initiative, and patient we educate about risk factors and lifestyle changes contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. All of this happens in the clinics, hospitals, universities, and communities where our members work. Meet four PCNA members whose stories represent the work that thousands of nurses and advanced practice nurses are doing to make an impact on heart disease prevention.


Current Impact Report

Our Impact Report outlines key successes from the previous year, including: growth in membership, Annual Symposium attendance, social media following, and opportunities to further our mission of cardiovascular disease prevention.

Scientific Advisory Committee

  • William Haskell, PhD
  • Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD
  • Martha N. Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD
  • Ronald M. Krauss, MD
  • Nanette K. Wenger, MD
  • Diane M Canova, JD
  • Catherine Christie, PhD, RD, LD/N, FADA
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