Dr. Cynthia Dougherty becomes Chair of the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
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Dr. Cynthia Dougherty becomes Chair of the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing for the American Heart Association
Seattle, Wash – July 1, 2019 UW School of Nursing announced the American Heart Association appointed Cynthia Dougherty A.R.N.P., Ph.D, F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N, became chair of the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN).
“Dr. Dougherty is an excellent candidate to serve as chair. Her research has led to the development and testing of nursing interventions to improve health outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest and advanced heart disease. She is a nurse leader who is deeply committed to developing innovative interventions that can enhance patients’ health and reduce health care costs,” stated Azita Emami, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.T., R.N., F.A.A.N., executive dean and the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean, of the UW School of Nursing.
Dr. Dougherty’s sustained program of research has focused on the development of knowledge related to human responses to sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmias, both for survivors and their family members. This research led to the development and testing of nursing interventions to improve health outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest and advanced heart disease. The results of this research are to enhance physical and psychosocial health and to reduce health care costs in patients and patients’ families. Within the program of research are four foci: intervention models to enhance adjustment, exercise interventions to improve function, cardiovascular disease management interventions, and interventions in end stage or advanced heart disease.
“I am very excited to be the next Chair of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and working with other nurse scientists in advancing the mission of the Council. Ther mission is to contribute to nursing’s biopsychosocial expertise to AHA’s global agenda to promote ideal cardiovascular and stroke health, quality of life and heart healthy lifestyles and environments,” stated Dr. Dougherty.
About the CVSN
Their priorities are to:
- Write papers to disseminate knowledge that advances the science and practice of cardiovascular and stroke nursing as well as guide AHA educational programs.
- Expand and diversify CVSN national and international membership and retention.
- Foster and facilitate a culture of inclusion for CVSN Council members
About the School of Nursing
Celebrating 100 years in nursing education and research, the University of Washington’s School of Nursing is consistently a top-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit www.nursing.uw.edu.