Date of Award
Final DNP Paper
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Laura Walker
Dr. Benjamin Barlow
Background: Hypertension, being a very prominent disease, is a common problem found during urgent care visits. By beginning in the urgent care setting, hypertension management can be started early; thereby preventing complications from uncontrolled hypertension.
Purpose: This DNP project aimed to improve patient knowledge of hypertension and overall blood pressure readings by providing one-to-one provider-patient education.
Design Method: This DNP quality improvement project was a pre- and post-test design using quantitative data. The goal was to access if there was a change in patient education pre, post, and three months follow-up along with a change in blood pressure.
Results: This DNP project demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in both hypertension knowledge and blood pressure measurements.
Conclusion: Urgent care centers frequently observe individuals with no primary care providers and undiagnosed hypertension. More structured one-to-one provider-patient education along with handouts were needed to help decrease and manage hypertension.
Implications for Nursing: Education beginning in the urgent care setting for individuals without a primary care provider and meeting criteria for hypertension can result in a positive outcome for patients.
Cash, Conrad L., "Hypertension Education and Management Intervention (HEMI) in the Urgent Care Setting" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 40.