Managing Hypertension in Primary Care

Course Description

This programme is aimed at nurses working in clinical practice who updating of their knowledge and skills to care for people with hypertension on a day-to-day basis. The programme will update participants in the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis and ongoing care and management of the person with hypertension utilising current best practice.


Programme Schedule:

9.30: Registration

9.45: Welcome and Introductions

10.00: Measuring Blood Pressure

10.20: Hypertension Diagnosis and Management, using Clinic, Home and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

11.00: Break

11.20: Interpretation of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recordings (group work)

11.45: Pharmacological Hypertension Treatment Guidelines and Monitoring Patients on Medication and Sick Day Rules

12.15: Hypertension Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions

12.45: Case studies

13.15: Summary, Evaluation and Close.



Course Aim

This programme aims to update nurses in the diagnosis and management of hypertension and will include the use of 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.



Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis of hypertension

2. Understand the ongoing care and management of the person with hypertension utilising current best practice including pharmacological and non-pharmacological management

3. Understand the application of and use of 24 ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment

4. Interpret 24-hour ambulatory reports

Who Should Attend

Practice Nurses and similar healthcare professionals.

Trainer’s Profile

Trainer Name: Ruth Morrow MSc., BNS., RANP., RNP., RGN

Ruth received her general training in the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin and in 1992 chose the career path of practice nursing one year following qualification. She is currently employed in a single-handed General Practice in rural Co Leitrim. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Studies degree programme in the distance learning centre (Oscail) at DCU and followed this with a Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Manchester and the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. In 2001, she received Clinical Nurse Specialist status and in November 2005 was accredited as the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in Ireland. Her role primarily focuses on long term conditions which include diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, coronary heart disease, COPD and asthma. In 2010, she completed the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife prescribing and became a Registered Nurse Prescriber. Ruth has published many articles on a wide range of clinical issues. She is currently consulting editor of Nursing in General Practice, the official journal of the Irish Practice Nurses Association. In 2015, she was appointed clinical director of NurseCPD which publishes e-learning modules for nurses. She is a trainer for Education for Health in the UK for the Asthma Diploma. She is also a tutor for the asthma and COPD on-line modules in NUIG. Ruth also runs her own consultancy business and has written and developed a number of respiratory education programmes which have been approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and are delivered to practice nurses nationally. Ruth frequently supports the Asthma Society of Ireland, the Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland. In 2010 and 2014, she was the Medical Co-ordinator with the Irish Special Olympics European Team in Poland and Belgium respectively. In 2017, she was the medical co-ordinator for Irish Special Olympics World Team for the World Winter Games in Austria and has been recently appointed as the Medical Co-ordinator for Team Ireland for the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys walking, yoga, cycling, crocheting reading and gardening.

Course Details

  • Category: General Practice Training
  • Location: Leinster
  • Venue: Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley
  • County: Dublin
  • Duration: Hours: 4.5
  • Provider: Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet
  • Skillnet Members Price: €30.00
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: NMBI Accredited
  • Award: QQI Major award
  • Credits/CEU's: 4.5
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