Program Schedule

2018 Schedule 

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

Audience at Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium

Wednesday, April 4           Pharmacology Preconference

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


11:00 AM   Lunch Event (pending sponsorship)
12:30 PM        Welcome and Course Overview
12:45 PM   Medication Management of Excess Weight and Co-morbid Conditions
Melissa Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, CNS, CBN, CNOR, RNFA
2:00 PM    Break 
2:15 PM
Anti-Hyperglycemic Therapies: Improving CVD Outcomes
Cindy Lamendola, MSN, NP, FAHA, FPCNA
3:30 PM
3:45 PM   Medications to Manage Rate, Rhythm and Symptoms Associated with Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter
T. Jennifer Walker, ANP-BC
5:00 PM    Case Study Panel Discussion
5:30 PM    Break 
5:45 PM   Non-CE Dinner Event

Thursday, April 5       Annual Symposium General Sessions

8:00 AM   Breakfast Plenary
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction and LDL-C: Evolving Perspectives
9:00 AM   Break 
9:15 AM   President's Welcome 
9:30 AM   Opening Keynote: Big Data and the Future of CVD Prevention and Treatment
Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
10:30 AM   Break 
10:45 AM   Genetic Counseling and Inherited CVD: A Family Affair
Colleen Caleshu, ScM, CGC
11:30 AM
Pediatric Prevention Guidelines: Its Never Too Early (Or Too Late) to Focus on Heart Health
Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FPCNA, FAAN
12:30 PM   Non-CE Lunch Event
12:30 PM
  Exhibit Hall Open
2:30 PM   Skill Building Sessions (pick one)

Don't Sleep On It! Integrating Sleep Assessments and Treatments in Your CVD Practice
Lisa L.M. Maher, DNP, ARNP, FNP-B

CVD Imaging: A Primer in Test Selection, Interpretation and Application
M. Dominique Ashen, CRNP, PhD

Moderated Poster Session
4:30 PM    Break 
4:45 PM   It's Easy Being Green: Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-based Diets
Kim Allen Williams, MD, Sr., MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC
5:45 PM   Opening Reception
7:30 PM   Non-CE Dinner Event

Friday, April 6

8:00 AM   Breakfast Plenary
Undiagnosed Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Risk: A Call to Action
9:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
9:45 AM   The Weight of the World: Reducing Stroke and CVD Disparities
George Mensah, MD, FAHA
10:45 AM    Poster Winners Announced
11:00 AM   Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 AM    Oral Abstract Presentation
12:45 PM   Non-CE Lunch Event
1:45 PM   New Hypertension Guidelines: Matching Risks and Treatments
Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, RN, ANP, PhD, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN
2:30 PM   Managing CVD Risks in Older Adults: Lessons from a Geriatric Cardiology Practice
Daniel E. Forman, MD
3:15 PM   Break
4:15 PM    Breakout Sessions (pick one)
    Palliative Care: Ensuring Quality of Life Across the Spectrum of CVD
Patricia Davidson, PhD, MED, RN, FAAN

Managing Atrial Fibrillation: Devices and Interventions
Mary Eng Huntsinger, MSN, CNS, ACNP-BC

Cardio-Renal Syndrome: Managing Risk and Treating Disease
Marie Galvao, MSN, ANP-BC, CHFN

Saturday, April 7

7:30 AM   Breakfast Plenary Session
8:45 AM   PCNA Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony
9:00 AM   CVD Risk Stratification and a Life-Course Perspective on Risk Communication
Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA
9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM

Cardiac Rehab in 2018: Incorporating New Populations and Approaches
Barry Franklin, PhD
10:45 AM   Closing Keynote: Caring for Ourselves So We Can Care for Others
Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
11:45 AM    Prize Drawings and Wrap-Up

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 was planned in accordance with AANP CE Policies and Commercial Support Standards.