It is the mission of PCNA to promote nurses as leaders around the world in equitable cardiovascular prevention and cardiovascular care management across the lifespan for all people. We recognize that nurses cannot do the work of preventing and managing cardiovascular disease without addressing persistent health inequities and pernicious systemic and institutional racism, which contribute to health disparities. These health disparities and vulnerabilities have been further magnified with the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infections and adverse outcomes on historically disenfranchised communities.
As the most trusted profession, nurses are well-positioned to advocate for health equity.1 We promote patient-centered care that is respectful and responsive to patients’ preferences, needs, and values.2 This includes informed and shared decision-making that takes into account each individual’s exposure, social determinants of health, and response to psychosocial stressors.
PCNA is committed to social justice and eliminating disparities in cardiovascular health, supported by nurses and members from diverse backgrounds, through the development of professional and patient education, research, leadership, and advocacy. We commit to collectively and consistently working to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
- Nurses Continue to Rate Highest in Honesty, Ethics. Washington, D.C.: The Gallup Organization. 2020.
- The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25982.