2017 Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium

2016 Schedule 

Designed to blend the latest advancements in science with practical clinical approaches to patient management, PCNA’s Annual Symposium features keynote addresses, lectures and workshops presented by world-renowned authorities in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management.

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Thursday, April 6           Pharmacology Preconference

Pharmacology Preconference may be attended as a stand-alone event.

Registration opens at 9:00 AM


12:30 - 12:45 PM   Welcome and Course Overview
Course Director, Cindy Lamendola, MSN, NP, FAHA, FPCNA
12:45 - 2:00 PM   Cardio-Metabolic Risk Reduction in patients with pre-diabetes and DM2
Cindy Lamendola, MSN, NP, FAHA, FPCNA
1:30 - 1:45 PM
"Ask the Expert" case discussion
1:45 - 2:05 PM

2:05 - 3:05 PM   It’s a Balancing Act: Medication Management in Patients with CKD and CVD
Carol Headley DNSc. ACNP, RN, CNN
3:05 - 3:20 PM    "Ask the Expert" case discussion
3:40 - 4:40 PM   Pharmacological Management of the Cardiac Patient with Depression and/or Anxiety
Wei Jiang MD
4:40 - 4:50 PM   "Ask the Expert" case discussion
4:50 - 5:30 PM   Complex Cases and Panel Discussion

Friday, April 17       Annual Symposium General Sessions

7:15 - 7:45 AM   Morning Walk and Talk
8:00 - 9:00 AM   Breakfast 
9:00 - 9:15 AM   President's Welcome 
9:15 - 10:05 AM   A Call to Action: Population Health and CVD Prevention
John Rumsfeld, MD PhD
10:15 - 10:30 AM   Break 
10:30 - 11:15 AM   CVD Risk Assessment and Health in Women Across the Lifespan 
Judith Regensteiner, PhD
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Obesity and Health Behaviors: Success Stories from the National Weight Control Registry 
James O. Hill, PhD
12:00 - 12:30 PM   Panel Discussion with John Rumsfeld, Judith Regensteiner, PhD and James O. Hill, PhD
12:30 - 2:15 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 - 1:30 PM
  Lunch and Product Theater (non-CE)
2:15 - 3:15 PM   Pharmacological and Surgical Management for Weight Loss
John Morton, MD, MPH
3:15 - 3:30 PM    Break 
3:30 - 5:30 PM   Skill Building Sessions (pick one)

Effective Strategies for Engaging Patients in Health Behavior Change
Lola Coke PhD, RN, ACNS-BC and Nancy Houston Miller BSN, RN

Chest pain! How to Perform a Comprehensive Evaluation for Ischemia. 
Joan Mersch MSN, RN

Saturday, April 8

Exhibit hours are 10:15 - 11:00 AM and 12:30 - 2:00 PM 

8:00 AM   Breakfast and Product Theater 
9:00 - 9:15 AM   Welcome and Announcements
9:15 - 10:15 AM  
Million Hearts in 2017: The 5-Year Challenge to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
Janet Wright MD
10:15 - 11:00 AM   Exhibits Hall Open and Morning Break
11:00 - 11:30 AM   Winning Abstract Presentations 
11:30 - 12:30 PM   Physical Activity: The Magic Bullet
William Haskell PhD
12:30 - 2:00 PM   Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 - 1:30 PM   Lunch and Product Theater (non-CE)
2:00 - 2:45 PM   Making the Head Heart and Vascular Link: CVD Risk Factors and Dementia
Valentin Fuster MD, PhD
2:45 - 3:30 PM   Cardio-Metabolic Risk Management: Promoting Health and Preventing Disease
Robert Eckel MD
3:30 - 4:00 PM   Panel with Valentin Fuster MD, PhD and Robert Eckel MD
4:00 - 4:15 PM   Afternoon Break
4:15 - 5:15 PM    Breakout Sessions: Choose one
    Interpreting and Translating Research into Practice
Jeri Allen

Structure Heart Interventions: Valves, Clips and Plugs, Oh, My!
Michael Kim

Health Effects of Marijuana, E-cigarettes and Vaping
 5:30 PM and on   Chapter Meet-ups

Sunday, April 9

7:30 - 8:30 AM   Breakfast Product Theater (non-CE)
8:30 - 9:15 AM  

PCNA Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony

9:15 - 10:15 AM   Healthy Aging: Improving Quality of Life in Older Adults with Diabetes and Chronic Disease
A Joint Session of the AHA CV Nursing Council and PCNA
Deborah Chyun PhD, RN
10:15 - 10:45 AM    Break

10:45 - 11:30 AM


Prevention and Management of Stroke Across the Continuum of Care
Sarah Livesay DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM


Technology and Cardiovascular Health: Harvesting the Power of Innovation 
Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE, Cardiovascular Health Innovations, Verily Life Sciences
12:15 - 12:30 PM   Closing Remarks and Prize Drawing

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. CEP 16268 for 16 Contact Hours.

Accreditation Statement

This educational activity is provided by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). Multiple educational grants have been requested to support this program. PCNA is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education (CE) programs by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), provider number 030602. This program is accredited for 16 contact hours of continuing education, which includes 3 hours of pharmacology. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Policies and Commercial Support Standards.

Slides from 2015 Sessions

Access slides from the most recent Annual Symposium.