Our Commitment to the Cardiovascular Nursing Community

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association recognizes the importance of building a diverse coalition of cardiovascular nurses. PCNA strives to engage all members and non-members of the cardiovascular nursing population through inclusive and accessible programming at the national and chapter levels. By engaging and retaining diverse communities of cardiovascular nurses, PCNA is better able to fulfill its mission of promoting nurses around the world as leaders in equitable cardiovascular prevention and management across the lifespan for all people.

Health Equity Focus Group

PCNA contracted with Econometrica, Inc., on an initiative to help better understand healthcare providers’ needs, barriers, and areas of improvement related to health equity and to create a health equity self-assessment for individual healthcare providers. To improve understanding of these topics and inform the draft content of the next project phase, a 1-day, in-person Health Equity Focus Group was held on April 12, 2023.

PCNA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

PCNA is an inclusive nursing organization dedicated to supporting nurses as leaders around the world in equitable cardiovascular disease prevention and management across the lifespan for all people. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force will advise the organization in the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work of PCNA. The DEI Task Force will be made up of the President, CEO, one Board Member, and two PCNA members.

Equity in Our Education

PCNA strives to promote health equity in educational offerings it creates in partnership with leading cardiovascular nurses and providers. We aim to expand our educational offerings by working to diversify our collaborators and covered topic areas. PCNA understands that cardiovascular nurses are responsible for serving patients of all backgrounds and aims to create educational resources to best equip nurses for all patient interactions.

Latest DEI News

  • Race and Heart Disease in America: 2023 Policy Update
    Newly elected lawmakers and shifting healthcare policy priorities open opportunities, or gaps, in education and awareness about ways to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and access to care. To update healthcare professionals, lawmakers, and healthcare businesses about issues important to improving health equity, PCNA and the Association of Black Cardiologists, in conjunction with Medical … Read more
  • A Continued Call to Action: Cardiovascular-Related Maternal Mortality
    In our commitment to advancing maternal health, PCNA’s Advocacy Committee and other PCNA leaders present a renewed call to action in the fight against cardiovascular-related maternal mortality. Our Advocacy Committee first authored a call to action in the 2021 July-August issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing “Progress in Prevention” column. This article shed light … Read more
  • Health Equity Every Day
    Ensuring that patients have the opportunity to attain their full health potential—regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other social determinants of health—requires commitment, tenacity, and actions by each of us that are focused on health equity every day. The Role of Nurses in Social Determinants of Health Despite advances in healthcare, disparities in access, … Read more