American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) and Meridian CardioVascular Network Recognize Certified Heart Failure Nurses

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American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) and Meridian CardioVascular Network Recognize Certified Heart Failure Nurses

Two Meridian Health nurses certified by AAHFN

At the recent American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) conference, Kimberly McCourt, APN and Eileen Oates, APN have become Certified Heart Failure Nurses (CHFN) - making them two of 436 worldwide.

This program (, developed by the AAHFN Certification Board (AAHFN-CB), provides a CHFN credential and demonstrates, by examination and application criteria that includes contemporary heart failure education and practice requirements that the registered nurse has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge in heart failure and disease management. This exam is recognized by ANCC's Magnet program. Nancy Albert, PhD, RN, CHFN from The Cleveland Clinic and Chair of the AAHFN-CB, helped outline the purpose of this certification, which is to promote the highest standards of practice within the specialty, validate attainment of a common knowledge base required from practice, and encourage and promote continued educational growth.

AAHFN is proud to have an increasing number of CHFNs spread across North America to better serve the heart failure community. "Heart failure is a hot topic internationally. We are determined to push the boundaries in providing the best care possible for heart failure patients. A certified heart failure nurse offers a unique expertise to provide caring, skilled response for their patients," says Linda Baas, PhD, RN, CHFN, AAHFN President.

AAHFN continues to set the highest standard for heart failure nursing offering several key educational tools & resources:
. Certified Heart Failure Nurse Program (CHFN)
. Heart Failure Nursing Certification: Core Curriculum Review - First Edition
. Patient Education Resource Center (
. Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 27-29, 2013)
. Online Educational & Webinar forums

"We are so proud to have Kimberly McCourt and Eileen Oates represent the Meridian CardioVascular Network as CHFNs," says Richard Neibart, M.D., medical director of Meridian CardioVascular Network. "It recognizes their skills and commitment to the profession as well as our programmatic excellence in treating heart failure patients

Meridian's CardioVascular Network provides patients with personalized care from prevention and wellness through diagnosis and treatment to recovery and rehabilitation... The network is composed of physicians, Jersey Shore University Medical center, Riverview Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital and is supported by acute rehabilitation and at home services of Monmouth and Ocean counties. The CardioVascular Network focuses on getting patients back into life with the best possible outcomes.

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses unites professionals in the support and advancement of heart failure practice, education and research to promote optimal patient outcomes. AAHFN is dedicated to advancing its nursing education, clinical practice and research with the goal of setting the highest standards for heart failure nursing care. Learn more at, 888-45-AAHFN.

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Meridian Health ( is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.