Practice patterns of heart failure nurses

Marilyn A. Prasun, Jesse Casida, Jill Howie-Esquivel, Bunny Pozehl, Beth Fahlberg, Cindy Johnson, Juliet Mock, Jill Quinn, Karen Yehle, Linda Baas

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Objective: Little is known about the practice patterns of nurses who work in the specialty of heart failure (HF). This specialty includes inpatient and outpatient sites for practice that incorporate intensive care to rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to describe the current practice of nurses who are members of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Methods: A convenience sample of nurses attending the 2010 Annual Meeting of AAHFN was surveyed to determine current practice patterns. Results: The mean age of the nurses completing the survey was 48 years (standard deviation [SD] +10), and the majority were white (85%) and female (98%). Approximately half (48%) completed a Master's degree. The mean time worked as a nurse was 23 years (SD +10), with a mean of 11 years (SD +8.2) caring for patients with HF. Both HF education and physical assessment were reported to be provided frequently. Conclusion: This survey provides insight into the practice patterns of HF nurses. Continued monitoring of this role is warranted and can serve to assist the AAHFN in advancing HF knowledge and skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Heart failure nursing
  • Heart failure patient education
  • Practice patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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