Barbara J. Drew Receives American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award

For Immediate Release

(July 2, 2014) The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke. Each year, AHA honors a group of individuals with the AHA Distinguished Scientists Award. Recipients of this award are well-known for their work in advancing understanding of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

This year, nurse Dr. Barbara Drew RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, is a recipient of the award. She is recognized for her outstanding work in her program of research which determined standards for the accuracy of electrocardiographic monitoring in patients at risk for arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and QT interval prolongation. Her research represents a major breakthrough in knowledge development and has resulted in significant changes in clinical practice with recognizable benefit to the public. This is the first time a nurse is being presented with this award since its inception in 2003.

Dr. Drew has been an icon in the cardiovascular nursing world for many years, and has devoted much of her time to research and innovation in the cardiovascular field. Her efforts are an example of what can be accomplished with hard work, determination, and passion and follow PCNA’s mission of empowering nurses and encouraging leadership.

PCNA has established itself as the premier organization of nursing professionals dedicated to the prevention of cardiac and other vascular diseases throughout the lifespan. PCNA’s mission includes developing and promoting nurses as leaders in this field and supporting comprehensive risk reduction strategies for individuals and populations across the lifespan. PCNA takes pride in supporting leadership, advocacy, lifelong learning and empowerment of the nursing community. To learn more about PCNA and their continuing education, free nursing tools, Annual Symposium and more, visit or join them on or twitter @heartnurses.


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