Cardiology Today spoke with Connie Lewis, MSN, ACNP-BC, NP-C, CCRN, CHFN, president of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, about the importance of and lessons learned from this year’s annual meeting in Los Angeles, the need for continued HF education and the future of HF care.
Cardiology Today: This year’s meeting marked the 10th anniversary of the AAHFN. What is the significance of this milestone?
Lewis: AAHFN started out as a small group of nurses who had a vision to have an organization for nurses that care for patients with HF. From the beginning, HF nurse certification was important to the group, because they wanted a specialty organization and a certifying body so that one could become a certified HF nurse. The Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) exam is now in its third year. More »