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PCNA Online Continuing Education Opportunity Heart Talk: Nourishing Healthy Hearts

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) announces its first online heart health nutrition program: Heart Talk: Nourishing Healthy Hearts. The course is complimentary and approved for 3.6 continuing educational hours. This interactive educational program will help practitioners stay abreast of the most current information about nutrition in heart health, using evidence-based research and current national guidelines while providing valuable tools for patient education.


This course is intended to provide nurses and nurse practitioners with the ability to:


* Function with other health care team members in care of nutrition


* Utilize terminology to optimize third-party reimbursement when patients are referred to the registered dietitian for medical nutrition therapy


* Utilize Web-based resources for addressing cardiovascular nutrition issues



This course consists of 2 components - the Scientific Background Document and the online course. The topics addressed in this course include the following:


* Atherosclerotic process


* Risk factors for coronary heart disease


* Relationship of nutritional components to heart disease and risk factors


* Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) recommended by National Cholesterol Education Program's Adult Treatment Panel III


* Nutritional approaches to metabolic syndrome


* Cardiovascular benefits of fish and other omega-3 sources, soy protein, and nuts


* Issues related to vitamin supplements



This program was developed by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Promise Spreads. All healthcare providers are encouraged to take the course at


The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners-provider number 030602.

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Join the American Cancer Society on November 17 in their effort to help Americans quit smoking for at least one day, in hopes they will quit forever.


Kick Butts Day

On Kick Butts Day (KBD) thousands of kids in every state and around the world will STAND OUT[horizontal ellipsis]SPEAK UP[horizontal ellipsis] and SEIZE CONTROL in the fight against Big Tobacco.

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Kick Butts Day, April 5, 2006, is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth leadership and activism. Youth advocates from around the country contributed to the new and improved Activity Guide, and CD ROM, sharing activity and event ideas for youth of all ages. The free KBD guide, CD ROM and additional materials on can serve as an important resource not only on KBD, but throughout the year. These youth will share their stories and experiences with your program. From recruiting new members to hosting a rally, they'll share examples of what worked and what didn't, how to catch the media's attention, and how to have fun while you get your message out.


The Campaign and its partners recognize that tobacco products are deadly, and that the tobacco industry spends more than $15 billion per year, more than $41 million per day, to market and advertise its products, much of it aimed at kids.


KBD not only serves as a chance to educate kids of all ages about the dangers of tobacco, but also acts as an opportunity for youth advocates to take matters into their own hands and achieve real results in the field of tobacco prevention, control and education. KBD encourages activism and leadership among elementary, middle and high school students, with rallies and events taking place in every state, and several nations.


On KBD thousands of advocates will organize a variety of activities to expose and counter the tobacco industry's powerful promotional strategies aimed at youth. Some of the past activities include youth-led rallies in state capitals, surveys of tobacco advertising in local stores and street activism events. In 2005, more than 2,000 events across all 50 states generated hundreds of television and newspaper stories.


Starting October 1, 2005, order your free Kick Butts Day Guide at Guides will be available for shipment by December 1, 2005.


Long Honored with Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

The American Heart Association's Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, recognizes and encourages excellence in cardiovascular nursing clinical practice. The honoree has an established career as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, has been actively involved in the AHA at the affiliate, local or national level within the last five years, and has a history of contributions to AHA goals and objectives.

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The 2005 recipient of this award is Janet Long of the Rhode Island Cardiology Center in Providence, Rhode Island, a Brown University affiliate. Ms. Long is Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program and also manages general cardiology patients from hypertension to heart failure in her practice. She has worked in the field of cardiovascular nursing for over 30 years, ranging from the hospital acute coronary care to the outpatient setting.


Ms. Long graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Worcester Graduate School of Nursing in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program where she was in the cardiac sub specialty.


Since becoming a nurse practitioner, Ms. Long has published on the topic of reimbursement as it applies to cardiovascular disease management and risk reduction. She also consults and presents at national symposiums on the subject. She devotes time to community education by lecturing at local and regional symposiums for both patient and professional meetings including AHA community based programs on topics concerning Women and Heart Disease.


Nationally, Ms. Long serves on the board of directors for the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) where she is the current President. In this capacity, she supports collaborative relationships between the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and PCNA as the initiatives of both organizations focus on cardiovascular disease prevention.


In addition to sharing the goals of the AHA in her clinical practice, patient and professional education, she has participated in lobbying efforts in Washington with AHA lobbyists to promote the Cholesterol Screening Act and presently serves on the AHA Advocacy Committee.


Ms. Long will be recognized at the annual dinner of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing on November 15 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. This dinner is held in conjunction with the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2005, the largest cardiovascular meeting in the world.

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The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing is the official journal of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. PCNA is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals.