Position Statements

PCNA Position Statement on Physical Activity

Physical inactivity is responsible for 12% of the global burden of myocardial infarction after accounting for other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors such as cigarette smoking, diabetes, hypertension, abdominal obesity, lipid profile, no alcohol intake, and psychosocial factors. The economic consequences of physical inactivity are also substantial. Only 50% of adults and 30% of students currently attain activity level recommendations. As students age, their activity level continuously decreases.

We, as health professionals, need to individualize activity plans for our patients and their families. Read about the facts, conclusions and PCNA's stance on the issue in the link below.

Physical Activity Position Statement

PCNA Position Statement on High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major public health epidemic in the United States. There are 76.4 million adult Americans with hypertension as defined by a blood pressure “140/90 mm Hg or greater.” (Circulation 2012;125:e12-e230). High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of numerous chronic conditions such as stroke, kidney disease, coronary heart disease and heart failure. It is one of the nation’s leading causes of death, responsible for roughly one in six deaths among adults annually.

View our position statement below on how PCNA plans to help nurses combat this growing issue.

High Blood Pressure Position Statement